"The emphasis upon competition in modern life is connected with a
general decay of civilised standards such as must have occurred in Rome
after the Augustan age. Men and women appear to have become incapable
of enjoying the more intellectual pleasures. The art of general
conversation, the knowledge of good literature—who in our age cares for
anything so leisurely?
Some American students took me walking in
the spring through a wood on the borders of their campus; it was filled
with exquisite wild flowers, but not one of my guides knew the name of
even one of them. What use would such knowledge be? It could not add to
The cure for this lies in admitting the part of sane and quiet enjoyment in a balanced ideal of life."