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A plea for culture. Theodore Parker somewhere says (borrowing the phrase from what Dr. Johnson said of Scotland) that in America every one gets a mouthful of education, but scarcely any one a full meal. It is the defect of some of our recent debates on this subject, that, instead of remedying the starvation, the reformers propose to deduct from the dinner. The disputants appear to agree in the assumption that an average Senior Sophister is a plethoric monster of learning, and that somet
They are sublime or base only as they prepare the way for higher triumphs, or displace them.
Horace Mann lamented that in European exhibitions the fine arts were always assigned a more conspicuous place than the useful arts.
Theodore Parker complained that in Rome the studios were better than the carpenters' shops.
Both exulted in the thought that in America these things were better ordered; and both therein approached the verge of concessions which would sacrifice the noblest