The value of an education in a liberal arts college is the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.
In my parents' day and age, it used to be the person who fell short. Now it's the discipline. Reading the classics is too difficult, therefore it's the classics that are to blame. Today the student asserts his incapacity as a privilege. 'I can't learn it, so there is something wrong with it.'
The ‘deep’ civic function of the humanities . . . is something understood very well by totalitarian societies, which tend to keep close tabs on them, and to circumscribe them in direct proportion to how stringently the population is controlled.
It’s technology married with liberal arts, humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.