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The Pleasures of Philosophy - Will Durant

The Pleasures of Philosophy - Will Durant

 

 

 

http://will-durant.com/pleasures.htm

 
Each of the philosophers has some lesson for us — if we approach him properly. “Do you know,” asks Emerson, “the secret of the true scholar? In every man there is something... I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.” Well, surely we may take this attitude to the masterminds of history without hurt to our pride! And we may flatter ourselves with that other thought of Emerson’s, that when genius speaks to us we feel a ghostly reminiscence of having ourselves, in our distant youth, had vaguely this selfsame thought which genius now speaks, but which we had not art or courage to clothe with form and utterance.

And indeed, great men speak to us only so far as we have ears and souls to hear them —only so far as we have in us the roots, at least, of that which flowers out in them. We, too, have had the experiences they had, but we did not suck those experiences dry of their secret and subtle meanings: We were not sensitive to the overtones of the reality that hummed about us. Genius hears the overtones — and the music of the spheres. Genius knows what Pythagoras meant when he said that “philosophy is the highest music.”

So let us listen to these men, ready to forgive them their passing errors, eager to learn the lessons which they are so eager to teach. “Do you then be reasonable” said old Socrates to Crito, “and do not mind whether the teachers of philosophy are good or bad, but think only of Philosophy herself. Try to examine her well and truly, and if she be evil, seek to turn away all men from her — but if she be what I believe she is, then follow her and serve her and be of good cheer.”
Sorry But Your Soul Just Died - Tom Wolfe

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