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Benjamin Jowett (1817 – 1893)


Theologian and classical scholar who became one of the great public figures of Victorian England.
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Benjamin Jowett
Logic is neither a science nor an art, but a dodge.
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We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
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Nowhere probably is there more true feeling, and nowhere worse taste, than in a churchyard.




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Doubt comes in at the window, when Inquiry is denied at the door.
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Research! Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
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[The office of the interpreter] is to read Scripture like any other book.
Benjamin Jowett
I hope our young men will not grow into such dodgers as these old men are. I believe everything that a young man says to me.
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Jowett, in his day, did probably more than any other single man to let some fresh air into the exhausted atmosphere of the [Oxford] common rooms, and to widen the intellectual horizons of the place.
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We have sought truth, and sometimes perhaps found it. But have we had any fun?
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Learn just enough of the subject [metaphysics] to enable your mind to get rid of it.
Benjamin Jowett
First come I. My name is JWTT.
There's no knowledge but I know it.
I am the Master of this College,
What I don't know isn't knowledge.




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One man is as good as another until he has written a book.
Benjamin Jowett
The [Oxford tourist] guide would begin: "This, ladies and gentlemen, is Balliol College, one of the very holdest in the huniversity, and famous for the herudition of its scholars. The 'ead of Balliol College is called the Master. The present Master of Balliol is the celebrated Professor Benjamin Jowett, Regius Professor of Greek. Those are Professor Jowett's study-windows, and there" (here the ruffian would stoop down, take up a handful of gravel and throw it against the panes, bringing poor Jowett, livid with fury, to the window) "ladies and gentlemen, is Professor Benjamin Jowett himself."
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