The cultural historian Jacques Barzun, had this to say when asked "Why should we value liberal education?"
"To make it a brief answer, because properly taught, and learned, and acquired, a liberal education awakens and keeps alive the imagination. And by imagination I don't mean fanciful things but the capacity to see beyond the end of your nose and beyond the object in front of you--to see its implications its origins , its potential , its danger, its charm --all the things that enable one to navigate in this difficult and complex world with a modicum of wisdom, with calm, not to be alarmed at every little thing that happens, and with resources that in moments of stress, after retirement, in illness, and in loneliness keep one's soul and body alive."
[ Charlie Rose Show, 5/29/00 ]

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