Flaccus Albinus Alcuin (about 735 – May 19, 804) was a scholar and teacher from York, England. He was born around 735, close to York — perhaps in the city itself. He was a noble, related to Saint Willibrord whose father started the monastery of St. Andrew which Alcuin would later inherit.
- Those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
- Simple: People should not be listened to who believe that that the things people say are also what God says, because those types of people can cause riots and are similar to insanity.
- "At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose."
- Simple: In Athens, men who are wise propose marriage, and men who are not wise are thrown out.
- "Man thinks, God directs."
- Simple: People think about where to go, but God tells people where to go.