Marginalia on ‘The Disadvantages of an Elite Education’

My loving people, We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

Idols lead; we follow. What is education? Education is leaving bondage behind: education is sanctification.

Magna grex stultorum. Fool, do not boast: thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.

Contracted minds are each contracted in their own way. So each class, until the republic is destroyed. Then the demagogues will be in.

My parents did always raise the question: should I go to university at all? I told them I would rather die.

Non electi qui dicere non possunt.

This is a misreading of Terence.

Can the heart be quantified? Can its affairs be placed on a scale of 1–10? If so, no wonder we have such inferior élites. False gods will only make us inferior.

If God’s love were decided by our works, no hope would remain: we should all be hurled headlong into hell. But he, in his mercy, has elected us with no reference to anything in ourselves, that we might become his sons in Christ. Thou shalt not steal in the Name of the Lord. Blessed are the poor in spirit.

Give them licence, and they fancy themselves entitled to grace.

If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. We are beggars. This is true. A rich man cannot enter the Kingdom of God.

The biblical prophet is a critic of power. He tells the truth that shakes the nations, not with human standing but with divine force.

I sometimes take the position of a fool, and it may work. For opening my lips it is both friend and foe.

What is practical is not practical; what is despised is loved. Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? All that is gold does not glitter.

Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.

Will we pay for freedom with poverty? Will we be poor but live faithfully and richly?

I am often in exile.

寡人. He leads, and all the world will flock to him.

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