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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe
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Doctor Faustus Wisdom and Knowledge Quotes

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Quote #1

CHORUSSo much he profits in divinityThat shortly he was graced with doctor's name,Excelling all, and sweetly can disputeIn th'heavenly matters of theology. (Prologue.15-18)


Becoming a doctor of divinity in a medieval university was a process that took almost fifteen years. Yep, you read that right. First you had to study the classics, and in the end you had to study the Bible in detail.So the fact that Faustus has this degree means he's smart. We're talking genius level here, folks.

Quote #2

FAUSTUSIs to dispute well logic's chiefest end?Affords this art no greater miracle? (1.1.8-9)


Faustus is trying to decide which body of knowledge is worth his time by discovering what the goal of each discipline is. See, the problem with logic is that the whole point is to make you a good debater. But, really, who cares?

Quote #3

FAUSTUSThe end of physic is our body's health. (1.1.16)


Faustus sums up the study of medicine with this line. It may be true, but it occurs to us (as it does not to Faustus) that achieving that end is super complex and complicated—and well worth the time spent, right?

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