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Piquant excerpts lifted from Touchstone editors' own reading & listening.



Half of our standards come from our first master, and the other half from our first loves. Never being so deeply stirred again, we remain persuaded that no objects save those we then discovered can have a true sublimity. . . . Thus the volume and intensity of some appreciations, especially when nothing of the kind has preceded, makes them authoritative over our subsequent judgements. On those warm moments hang all our cold systematic opinions; and while the latter fill our days and shape our careers, it is only the former that are crucial and alive.

George Santayana
(quoted in Owen Barfield's Poetic Diction, 1928)


Education Commonplaces #102 Sept/Oct 2021

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