A Man Has Got to Know His Limitations

“He who would become really a man must abandon as early as possible the childish dream of reading everything. Except what is done for recreation — and excessive recreation is destruction — he must have a limited field of study, and must cultivate that field with the utmost possible thoroughness” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 124).

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3 comments on “A Man Has Got to Know His Limitations

  1. One question is if you would allow yourself be moved by something only a little off the beaten track, like Julian of Norwich.

  2. I do not agree that it is the hight of manliness to be a specialist.

  3. Interesting. How does this jive with your former admonition to read far and wide?

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