Commonplace Book #18

…literature, history, philosophy, and the arts are becoming the stepchildren of our colleges.   This is a great loss because they are the legatees of religion in the sense that they provide a vocabulary for formulating ultimate questions of the sort that have always had special urgency for young people.  In fact, the humanities may have the most to offer to students who do not know that they need them–which is one reason it is scandalous to withold them. 

Andrew Delbanco, College: What It Was, Is, And Should Be, 99.