Quick Quotes 14 -- Antiquote

Another quote I read recently and disagree with:

Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and  thinks it is his own.
-- Sidney J. Harris

No idea is original. Even if someone is the first person to think of it, the idea is a  culmination/combination of education and experience. If the young man discovered the idea  himself, he  may deserve as much credit or more than the initial thinker depending on his circumstance. And there are plenty of things more amusingly arrogant than this; like someone being proud of the long drink name they created for their Starbucks order. "I'd like a grande, sugar-free, low-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, no foam, Hazelnut and Chocolate Mocha with light whip and extra syrup please." Try it, it's more amusing.