Rectorial Addresses: Delivered in the University of Aberdeen, 1835-1900

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University, 1902 - Education - 396 pages
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Page 108 - ... language is but the instrument conveying to us things useful to be known. And though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet if he have not studied the solid things in them as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much lo be esteemed a learned man, as any yeoman or tradesman competently wise in his mother dialect only.
Page 296 - I CANNOT call riches better than the baggage of virtue. The Roman word is better, impedimenta. For as the baggage is to an army, so is riches to virtue. It cannot be spared nor left behind, but it hindreth the march ; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory.
Page 204 - Yes, we arraign her! but she, The weary Titan, with deaf Ears, and labour-dimm'd eyes, Regarding neither to right Nor left, goes passively by, Staggering on to her goal; Bearing on shoulders immense, Atlantean, the load, Wellnigh not to be borne, Of the too vast orb of her fate.
Page 182 - Are you really my son Esau, or not?" 22 So Jacob came closer to his father Isaac. When he touched him, he said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
Page 71 - I do not know," said Newton at the close of his illustrious career, — " I do not know what I may appear to the world ; but to myself I seem only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, finding sometimes a brighter pebble or a smoother shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lies all undiscovered before me.
Page 195 - Examination, like fire, is a good servant, but a bad master ; and there seems to me to be some danger of its becoming our master. I by no means stand alone in this opinion. Experienced friends of mine do not hesitate to say that students whose career they watch, appear to them to become deteriorated by the constant effort to pass this or that examination, just as we hear of men's brains becoming affected by the daily necessity of catching a train. They work to pass, not to know ; and outraged Science...
Page 45 - ... country. It is for this important class that I have ventured to address you, and I trust the time is not far distant when we shall witness establishments suitable for their education...
Page 106 - The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the neerest by possessing our souls of true vertue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.
Page 180 - The bubble reputation at the cannon's mouth," but determined to wring knowledge from the hard hands of penury ; when I see him win through all such outward obstacles to positions of wide usefulness and well-earned fame ; I cannot but think that, in essence, Aberdeen has departed but little from the primitive intention of the founders of Universities, and that the spirit of reform has so much to do on the other side of the Border, that it may be long before he has leisure to look this way. As compared...
Page 119 - Now all is done that man can do, And all is done in vain ! My love ! my native land adieu ! For I must cross the main, My dear, For I must cross the main.

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