Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Norms and Nobility...again

From the very first page of David Hicks's book:

Norms and Nobility by David Hicks

"I know that we live in an age where the homely or psychological detail is considered all-important.  We like heroes in shirtsleeves, or, in other words, we don't like heroes.  But things were not always that way, and today is not forever."
                                                                                  ~ Louis Auchincloss

A college president I know keeps three books on his night table: the Bible, the Iliad, and Louis Auchincloss' 1964 novel The Rector of Justin.  When I once asked him, "Why the novel?," he responded, "Because it raises questions I cannot answer or ignore, the sort of questions that possess a wisdom apart from answers."

This short quote was enough to get my mind spinning, in a good way. 

The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss is now in my cart, and I am re-reading Norms and Nobility for some educational inspiration.

1 comment:

Quotidian Life said...

I read The Rector of Justin via Norms and Nobility a few moons ago:

In case you are interested.