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THE

PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

UNDER DIFFICULTIES ;

ILLUSTRATED BY ANECDOTES.

CHAPTER I.

Introduction.--Amusement in the Pursuit of Knowledge.

Pursuit of Knowledge by Persons of Rank or Wealth : -Crates ; Thales , Democritus ; Anaxagoras; Pythagoras; Alfieri; Nicephorus Alphery; Marcus Aurclius ; Julian; Charlemagne ; Alfred ; James I., of Scotland ; Henry I. ; Charles V.; Henry VIII.; Edward VI.; Elizabeth ; James I., of England ; Alphonso X.

We remarked at the close of the preceding volume, that the moral habits, which the Pursuit of Knowledge has a tendency to create and foster, form one of its chief recommendations. Knowledge is, essentially and directly, power; but it is, also, indirectly, virtue. And this it is, in two ways. It can hardly be acquired, without the exertion of several moral qualities of high value ; and, having been acquired, it nurtures tastes, and supplies sources of enjoyment, admirably adapted to withdraw the mind from unprofitable and corrupting pleasures. Some distinguished scholars, no doubt, have been bad men ; but we do not know how much worse they might have been, but for their love of learning, which, to the extent it did operate upon their characters, could not have been

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