Pleasure of Familiarity

At a conference on Don Quijote, a world-famous specialist on Cervantes started his talk as follows,

No matter how much research I do, what new things I uncover, and what complex, interesting arguments I weave, nothing makes the audience as happy and elicits such fierce nodding as when I mention that the first part of Don Quijote was published in 1605. There’s no greater pleasure than hearing something you already heard a million times. New knowledge is uncomfortable. Familiarity is sweet. So here goes: the first part of Don Quijote was published in 1605!

Took all I had not to roll my eyes in stupid pleasure and nod.

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