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Excerpt from Ethics and the New Education
And that is the reason why language, which is but the body of thought - why thought, which is but the soul of language, - why life. Which is but the central substance of every possible degree of thought - should be so full of ambiguities The richer the conception represented by any term, the greater the variety in the shades of meaning that may be suggested by that term.
And so in all our educational work, as in all the work of life, there is nothing that demands more careful watchfulness than just the very terms which we must be forever using to give outward expression to our inmost thoughts, through which alone, in turn, our lives attain or can attain to actual definition.
To what better use, then, can we put the hour than this: That you and I in company devote ourselves to a study of a few of the terms specially apt to prove misleading through the very wealth of meaning of which they have come to serve as the outer, organic form.
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