from "The Oldest School in America," An Oration by Phillis Brooks, 1885

"The classics . . . are not, and they cannot be again the tools of present life, the instruments of current thought. All the more for that they may be something greater, something better . . . All the more they may show enshrined within them the large and simple types of human life and character, the men and women who shine on oiur perplexed, distracted, modern life as the calm moon shines upon the vexed and broken waters of the sea . . ."