Thursday, March 17, 2016


One of the Keenest of Human Delights

Arthur Stanley Pease (1881-1964), "The Aims of a Liberal College," Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors 14.2 (February, 1928) 135-141 (at 140):
[E]very study in the curriculum, however abstruse and at times even distasteful in anticipation, may powerfully contribute to a man's intellectual equipment, if it but awaken within him an eager curiosity, the satisfaction of which is one of the keenest of human delights. The highways of our thought and work are often crowded and dusty, but thank God that the byways are still cool and enticing. Both poles have been visited, the blank unexplored regions of the maps of our boyhood are fast darkening with the dots of settlements or the lines of railways; the oceans are daily flown as well as sailed; but still around each of us and within a moment's reach, if we but know to how look for it, is the great unexplored, the land of mystery, adventure, and challenge.

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