Roger Scruton (1944-2020), I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher's Guide to Wine
(2009; rpt. London: Continuum, 2010), p. 21:
His attitude to learning was the very opposite of that which has
come to dominate the schools and universities today. He did not believe
that the purpose of knowledge is to help the student. On the contrary. For
Dr Picken, the purpose of the student is to help knowledge. He was
throughout his life the willing and self-sacrificing trustee of an intellectual
inheritance. Young people mattered to him because they had the brains
into which his reservoir of learning could be poured, along with the wine.
He looked at us students sceptically, but always with that underlying hope
that, in this or that undisciplined young face, there was yet the outward
sign of a brain large enough and dispassionate enough to capture some of
the accumulated knowledge of mankind, and which could carry that
knowledge through life without spilling it, until finding another brain into
which it might be discharged.