The Witness to Immortality in Literature, Philosophy and Life

The Witness to Immortality in Literature, Philosophy and Life

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The Witness to Immortality in Literature, Philosophy and Life

The Witness to Immortality in Literature, Philosophy and Life

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The purpose of this unpretending book is one of mediation between the minds to which, in the nature of the case, few can have access and the multitude who long to know the best that has been said on the problems of life. Gathered about all the great subjects of human interest are the treasures of insight and thought bequeathed by the supreme spirits of the race. If the wisdom already in the world, however far it may fall short of the desirable or ideal, could be put at the service of the people and easily within their reach, how much stronger and braver the average human being might become! This conviction is indeed the impulse behind much of the most useful literary work of the age; and we can never be too grateful to Matthew Arnold for his insistence upon the duty of cultivated men to spread the knowledge of the highest minds among the people, and for his apostolic zeal in urging the application of the noblest ideas to life. Democracy has . . .

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