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Entry from October 31, 2015
“The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise wealth”

"The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving” is a popular quotation that has been credited to several people. English philosopher and broadcasting personality C. E. M. Joad wrote in 1947:

“I add that it has been pointed out as one of the advantages of an education in philosophy (and, incidentally, of the ‘humanities’ in general) that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from acquiring.”

“CLASSICAL EDUCATION: Something that enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving” was included in the syndicated newspaper column “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert in February 1949 and repeated in following years. “The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving”—the most frequent form of the saying—has been credited to Russell Green since at least 1976.


Wikipedia: C. E. M. Joad
Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad (12 August 1891 – 9 April 1953) was an English philosopher and broadcasting personality. He appeared on The Brains Trust, a BBC Radio wartime discussion programme. He managed to popularise philosophy and became a celebrity, before his downfall in a scandal over an unpaid train ticket in 1948.

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Britain Today
Issues 129-140
1947
Pg. 44:
THE USES OF PHILOSOPHY
By C. E. M. Joad
(...)
I add that it has been pointed out as one of the advantages of an education in philosophy (and, incidentally, of the “humanities” in general) that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from acquiring.

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The American Mercury
Volumes 64-65
1947
Pg. 444:
They seemed to take literally the dictum: “The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.”

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27 February 1949, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, pg. 21, col. 3:
CLASSICAL EDUCATION: Something that enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

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New Statesman
Volume 37
1949
Pg. 607:
It may not in our present age be the best dividend-payer from the purely utilitarian standpoint; but this at least may be said of it, that it sometimes enables men to despise the wealth that it prevents them from acquiring.
C. E. M. Joad

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11 July 1949, Time magazine. “Education: Hope or Despair?,” pg. 79:
“Finally,” Joad concludes, “such a course has been known to give men a serenity of outlook. It may not in our present age be the best dividend-payer from the purely utilitarian standpoint, but this at least may be said of it, that it sometimes enables men to despise the wealth that it prevents them from acquiring.”

8 July 1952, Lock Haven (PA) Express, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, pg. 4, col. 8:
Classical Education: Something that enables you to despise the wealth it prevents you from making.

15 May 1955, Seattle (WA) Times, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, magazine sec., pg. 13, col. 3:
CLASSICAL EDUCATION: Something that enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

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28 September 1965, Princeton Alumni Weekly, pg. 3, col. 2:
It was, I believe, C. E. M. Joad who said “the purpose of a liberal education is to teach you to despise the wealth it prevents you from acquiring.” Where, among the Trustees, are those who have succeeded in this endeavor?
CHRISTOPHER L. WEBBER ‘53
Lynbrook, N.Y.

23 May 1972, Charleston (SC) Evening Post, “Keeping Posted” by Basil Hall, pg. 1-B, col. 7:
HOPPIN’ JOHN says the advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

10 May 1976, Charleston (SC) Evening Post, “Keeping Posted” by Basil Hall, pg. 12, col. 6:
QUOTABLE QUOTE:
The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.
-- Russell Green

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Speaker’s & Toastmaster’s Handbook
By Herbert V. Prochnow
Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing
1993
Pg. 333:
The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving. — Russell Green

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Russell Green~ The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.
2:18 PM - 1 Nov 2015

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