Signs of the Times

[Professor Dallas Lore Sharp, as quoted in the Boston Evening Transcript, Massachusetts]

In times past when great need came, came also the great leader to meet it. ... Certainly a new type is required—poets and philosophers and prophets, the course of whose song and insight and sermon shall be like the course of the sun. Meantime we must make such men possible by dedicating them from birth to the things of the Spirit. We must create conditions in which they can live. ... All great utterance, whether in word or deed or line or color, is marked by depth of feeling, simplicity of expression, and originality of form. These are essential qualities, and these have always come, and it seems must always come, from doing, from simple living. ... Peace and prosperity and the mad pursuit of happiness in fullest measure will not insure our social safety. Given all of these things, and we must still have vision—the poet, the philosopher, and the prophet—or the people perish.

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May 26, 1928

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