Santayana on William James

“Perhaps in the first years of his teaching he felt as a military man might feel when obliged to read the prayers at a funeral.  He probably conceived what he said more deeply than a more scholastic mind might have conceived it; yet he would have been more comfortable if someone else had said it for him.  I think he was glad when the bell rang, and he could be himself again until the next day.  But in the midst of this routine of the class-room the spirit would sometimes come upon him, and leaning his head on his hand, he would let fall golden words, picturesque, fresh from the heart, full of the knowledge of good and evil.” — George Santayana on William James

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