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(without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... 1 A LESSON FROM THE GREEKS.* By W. B. Richards, (Va. Beta,
'85.) Age is honorable only if it has brought with it wisdom, and
the world of to-day can claim to be better than the world of
yesterday only if it has profited by its experience-- rejecting its
folly and adding to its wisdom. The true end of the study of
History is not the mere accumulation of isolated facts. In no
science is such accumulation the end of its study. Important and
necessary as is the attainment in any field of learning of complete
knowledge upon particular points, the man who rests content with
such attainment has failed, and failed miserably, of the true and
deep conception of Science. He has mistaken for the end what is in
reality only the point of departure. The collation of facts shoud
be only preliminary to an attempt to discover the relations which
connect them and to trace the sequence of event upon event. Just as
the child with its "Memory string" gathers a red button here and a
white one there, and another elsewhere and binds them all together
into one sweet memorial of friendship from end to end, so should we
pierce isolated facts of history with the golden thread of
causation--binding them into unity and system. But the relations of
cause and effect are not arbitrary or variable. The necessary
intuition of the essential sequence of the same effect upon the
same cause is the rock upon which all inductive science is founded.
If we can once connect two facts by this chain of causation--a
chain stronger than that which bound Prometheus to his crag or
Ixion to his wheel--they stand so linked for all eternity. The
relation so discovered stands as a guide for future activity. If
there be any prophetic foresight among mortals, here it must rest.
The stars in which quick astrologers sha...
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