The Art of Reading is a collection of lectures given by the great man in 1916 at Cambridge. (Book Tea friends, take note: Helene Hanff would have read these! Q’s Legacy) It’s been on my shelf for some time, and it’s finally in my book basket. Currently in the trenches with teaching and writing, I’m thinking a bit of time each morning with Q over the next few weeks won’t be amiss. In this first lecture, he gives two great apologies for the “cultivation of learning”—
“. . . furnishing out of youth a succession of men capable of fulfilling high offices in Church and State . . .”
“. . . send(ing) forth a man of unmistakable intellectual breeding, whose trained judgment we can trust to choose the better and reject the worse.”
Ah….the need remains.