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Inaugural Address

Inaugural Address

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Excerpt from Inaugural Address: At Edinburgh, April 2nd, 1866

By diligence I mean among other things, and very chie?y too, - honesty, in all your inquiries, and in all you are about. Pursue your studies in the way your conscience can name honest. More and more endeavour to do that. Keep, I should say for one thing, an accurate separation between what you have really come to know in your minds and what is still unknown. Leave all that latter on the hypothetical side of the barrier, as things afterwards to be acquired, if acquired at all; and be careful not to admit a thing as known when you do not yet know it. Count a thing known only when it is imprinted clearly on your mind, and has become transparent to you, so that you may survey it on all sides with intelligence. There is such a thing as a man endeavouring to persuade himself, and endeavouring to persuade others, that he knows things, when he does not know more than the outside skin of them; and yet he goes ?ourishing about with them. (hear, hear, and a laugh.) There is also a process called cramming, in some Universities (a laugh), - that is, getting up such pomts of things as the examiner is likely to put questions about. Avoid all that, as entirely unworthy of an honourable mind. Be modest, and humble, and assiduous in your attention to what your teachers tell you, who are pro foundly interested in trying to bring you forward in the right way, so far as they have been able to understand it.l 0 inaugural address.

Try all things they set before you, in order, if possible, to understand them, and to follow and adopt them in propor tion to their fitness for you. Gradually see what kind of work you individually can do; it is the first of all pro blems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. In short, morality as regards study is, as in all other things, the primary consideration, and overrules all others. A dishonest man cannot do anything real; he never will study with real fruit; and perhaps it would be greatly better if he were tied up from trying it. He does nothing but darken counsel by the words he utters. That is a very old doctrine, but a very true one; and you will find it confirmed by all the thinking men that have ever lived in this long series of generations of which we are the latest.

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