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This desire of knowledge and the wonder which it hopes to satisfy are the driving power behind all the changes that we, with careless, question-begging inference, call progress.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

The words that bore the deathless verse of Homer from bard to a group of fascinated hearers, and with whose fading sounds the poems passed beyond recall, are fixed on the printed page in a hundred tongues. They carry to a million eyes what once could reach but a hundred ears.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

The mythologies represent genuine reflection and not a little insight. They reveal man's simple, naïve consciousness busying itself with the explanation of things.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

An important step, far-reaching in its consequences, was taken when man first sought the cause of change and decay in things themselves and in the laws which appeared to govern things, rather than in powers and forces outside of and beyond them. When the question was first asked, What is it that persists amid all changes and that underlies every change? a new era was about to dawn in the history of man's wonder and his desire to know.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

The maxim, "An unexamined life is not worth living," is the priceless legacy of Socrates to the generations of men who have followed him upon this earth. The beings who have stood on humanity's summit are those, and only those, who have heard the voice of Socrates across the centuries. The others are a superior kind of cattle.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

Science is a subordinate category. When science offers itself as the final stage or form of knowing, it is guilty of a false quantity, in that it puts the accent, which belongs elsewhere, upon the penultimate.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

Education is in no small measure preparing the way for the intellectual life and pointing to it. Those who cannot enter in at its gates are doomed, in Leonardo da Vinci's words, to "possess neither the profit nor the beauty of the world." For them life must be short, however many its years, and barren, however plentiful its acts. Their ears are deaf to the call of the indwelling Reason, and their eyes are blind to all the meaning and the values of human experience.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908


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