However the dogs bark and the swine grunt, I shall always continue to imitate the writings of the ancients: to them shall I devote my labor, nor will the sun ever find me unoccupied, if my strength remains. We are like dwarfs mounted on the shoulders of giants; with their assistance we can see further than they can; clinging to their works, we restore a new life to their more elegant thoughts, which time or the neglect of men had already left as dead.

-Pierre de Blois