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TRPER KNOWLSON

Vivere est cogitare
To think is to live

CICERO, Tusc. Quæst. v. 38

TWENTY-THIRD THOUSAND

(REVISED AND ENLARGED)

LONDON

FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.

AND NEW YORK

1904

(All rights reserved)

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455 .K73 1904

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PREFACE

TO THE REVISED 1904 EDITION

It is gratifying to observe that students and general readers are still interested in this little book as a body of suggestions for mental improvement; and its growing popularity may, I venture to think, indicate that the people for whom it was written find more practical utility in its pages than some of my reviewers were prepared to admit. I have been accused of attempting the impossible, as if a School of Thought was an idea too irrational for even a moment's consideration. Artists and musicians are said to be born, not made, and yet no one complains that a School of Music, or a School of Art, is in itself an absurdity. Why should a School of Thought, created specially for serious students, be regarded as a superfluity ? If mind-training be such a utopian task, why do universities and colleges spend money in teaching Logic and Mental Science? The fact is, education, in the future, will resolve itself more and more into a policy laid down on the lines of this manual; in other words, the science of teaching will be concerned with the developing of the powers of the mind, rather than with the mere imparting of facts. At present education is in the hands of those who follow the latter ideal, but signs are not wanting that their hold is loosening; and soon we may see people anxious, not so much for education, or knowledge in bulk, as for tutored senses and trained minds.

In this edition of The Art of Thinking there is additional chapter on

“The Commercial Value of Trained Intelligence"; several changes have been made in the books recommended; and a new Appendix has been added dealing with later books of a suitable character.

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