The Rev. H. R. Haweis, M. A., writing in 'The Young Woman' on the 'Learned Girl,' says:— It is possible to study too many books on "technique" and other things. Asaiule, I think studious people read too much and think too little. I seldom take up a book wherein the writer fells me what he has thought out, or what lie really loves or has seen for himself. Everything is mincemeat nowadaj-s. It has done duty elsewhere, in books, magazine articles, and what not. New books are mostly hashes up 0 f old books, picture recollections of other piotures, and everyone seems waiting to know what somebody else is going to" say before they
give an opinion about the-Academy, the Salon, the last new book, the last- speech in Parliament, the last play. I say, if you really mean culture and not cram, read less and think more, copy less and design more, think your own thoughts. What, child! Has Nature nothing to say to you ? Are there no whispers for your ears alone ? Must you always be publio and common? That is not true culture; that is not true' education,
Culture means making something grow; on your own Beed-plot, not transplanting flowers in bloom—cut flowers, too, mostly, without note. Education does,not mean stuffing w.th facts under high pressure "as they stuff St rasburg geese, and often with similar results—a diseased liver. Education means drawing out, and not ramming in. To draw out your faculties, your sympathies, to develop your tastes and perceptions, to balance your judgments, to give you the power not only of acquiring but of using what you acquire, to enable you to see the relative importance of things, and never to mistake the means for the end (as Christ said: "What shall it profit if a man gain the whole world and lose his own soul ?") that is culture. The skeleton in many -a closet is a long-necked bottle.
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TRUE CULTURE., Evening Star, Issue 10467, 10 November 1897