Milman Parry (1902-1935), "The Historical Method in Literary Criticism," in The Making of Homeric Verse: The Collected Papers
, ed. Adam Parry (1971; rpt. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), pp. 408-413 (at 413):
I have seen myself, only too often and too clearly, how, because those who teach and study Greek and Latin literature have lost the sense of its importance for humanity, the study of those disciplines has declined, and will decline until they quit their philological isolation and again join in the movement of current human thought.