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Value of the classics


Value of the classics

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    Andrew Fleming West
Excerpt from book: 1. PUBLIC LIFE Woodrow Wilson President of the United States We should have scant capital to trade on were we to throw away the wisdom we have inherited and seek our fortunes with the slender stock we ourselves have accumulated. This, it seems to me, is the real, the prevalent argument for holding every man we can to the intimate study of the ancient classics. . . . What you cannot find a substitute for is the classics as literature: and there can be no first hand contact with that literature if you will not master the grammar and the syntax which convey its subtle power. Your enlightenment depends on the company you keep. You do not know the world until you know the men who have possessed it and tried its wares before you were ever given your brief run upon it. And there is no sanity comparable with that which is schooled in the thoughts that will keep. . . . All literature that has lasted has this claim upon us—that it is not dead: but we cannot be quite so sure of any as we are of the ancient literature that still lives, because none has lived so long. It holds a sort of primacy in the aristocracy of natural selection. Published in "The Practical Value of Latin," p. 20. The desire of all who in recent years have undertaken the reform of college studies in this country has been to find some plan by which to give consistency to the selec- tion of studies which the undergraduate is nowadays called upon to make among the multitude of courses and subjects of modern instruction. That is the object of our plan, and we hopefully expect it to answer its purpose. Its object is organization: to present for the use of the student an organic body of studies, conceived according to a definite and consistent system and directed toward a single comprehensive aim, namely, the ...  
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