Sunday, September 28, 2008

A right to his opinions


Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch was one of us.

I picked up a little paperback of a series of lectures he gave at Cambridge in 1913, the year before the world ended, on the merits of studying English Literature.

He, like all men properly educated in his time, was an objectivist.

On the need for clear definitions:

Definitions, formulae (some would add, creeds) have their use in any society in that they restrain the ordinary unitellectual man from making a public nuisance with his private opinions.

1 comment:

Mark Scott Abeln said...

And he was quite eccentric. It goes with the territory.