"[T]he late Samuel McChord Crothers, genial wit and essayist, ... after listening to the speeches at a certain Harvard Commencementremarked that he gathered that the world had been in great danger, but that all would now be well."
"What I mean by the Muse is that unimpeded clearness of the intuitive powers, which a perfectly truthful adherence to every admonition of the higher instincts would bring to a finely organized human being.... Should these faculties have free play, I believe they will open new, deeper and purer sources of joyous inspiration than have yet refreshed the earth."
"The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community,--these are the most vital things education must try to produce."
"Thus the reader who hath most truly considered and digested the sentiments which he reads must be a man of the best taste and mustfind most pleasure in the perusal of authors worth the reading. It is but to preserve candor enough to keep up an impartial attention and, instead of being actuated by a false shame of ignorance, to know when properly to confess myself a learner, and I have it in my power (as far as my capacity will reach) to command any knowledge that is extant in the whole universe."