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Quote Left If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society. Its art is the art of social life, and its end is fitness for the world. It neither confines its views to particular professions on the one hand, nor creates heroes or inspires genius on the other. Works indeed of genius fall under no art; heroic minds come under no rule; a University is not a birthplace of poets or of immortal authors, of founders of schools, leaders of colonies, or conquerors of nations. It does not promise a generation of Aristotles or Newtons, of Napoleons or Washingtons, of Raphaels or Shakespeares, though such miracles of nature it has before now contained within its precincts. Nor is it content on the other hand with forming the critic or the experimentalist, the economist or the engineer, though such too it includes within its scope. But a University training is the great ordinary means to an great but ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration, at giving enlargement and sobriety to the ideas of the age, at facilitating the exercise of political power, and refining the intercourse of private life. It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. Quote Right
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Quote Left To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living. Quote Right
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Quote Left If then the power of speech is as great as any that can be named, Quote Right
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Quote Left Growth is the only evidence of life. Quote Right
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Quote Left Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short. Quote Right
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Quote Left Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for. Quote Right
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Quote Left Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, But rather that it shall never have a beginning. Quote Right
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Quote Left A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature. Quote Right
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Quote Left In this world no one rules by love if you are but amiable, you are no hero to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing. Quote Right
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Quote Left The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men. Quote Right
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Quote Left The world is content with setting right the surface of things. Quote Right
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Quote Left To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. Quote Right
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