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Nevertheless, devout conversation on spiritual things helps no little with spiritual progress.

added by blay_paul, July 2, 2008

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AlanF_US AlanF_US March 27, 2018 March 27, 2018 at 5:35:43 PM UTC link Permalink

"Helps no little" does not make sense. What does the Japanese mean, @Pfirsichbaeumchen?

Pfirsichbaeumchen Pfirsichbaeumchen March 30, 2018 March 30, 2018 at 4:02:22 PM UTC link Permalink

It says “helps greatly”.

fcbond fcbond March 30, 2018 March 30, 2018 at 4:27:42 PM UTC link Permalink

"no little" is an archaic phrase, the opposite of "a little" and thus means greatly.

E.g.: "... and was written in great measure to support the hierarchical development, which, they say, showed itself only in the century after St. Paul's death, have no little difficulty in accounting for the presence of such a command as this." or "... performed tests, unnecessarily, to reveal problems that aren't quite problems to then be fixed, unnecessarily, at great expense and no little risk."

AlanF_US AlanF_US March 31, 2018 March 31, 2018 at 1:34:42 PM UTC link Permalink

Added an "archaic" tag. Thanks for the explanation.