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Excerpt from Rendering Unto God: A Sermon Preached in the Chapel of Marlborough College, on Sunday, October 2nd, 1881, in Commemoration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, Being the Anniversary of the Consecration of the Chapel
IF I began speaking to you to-day by saying that we live in a time of enlightenment, you would say, 'what a commonplace 'but have you considered, ' 'i should answer, ' 'the use of commonplaces Make it ahabit to get all you can out of commonplaces. Common places are the common sayings in which great numbers of men have put thoughts upon which they agree, and which come often into their minds. No doubt such say in gs are often very shallow or very one-sided: handed on from one month to another, they go on being repeated till the truth in them, like the stamp on an old coin, gets rubbed away and blurred. So do not be the slaves of commonplaces they are very good servants, but very bad masters if you want to be sensible, clear-headed, and honest in your thoughts make it your habit to examine them, and not merely to parrot them.
But yet, as I said, believe in them: attack them, not to tear them to pieces and destroy them, but to get out of them the truth which they contain. If they had not truth in them more or less they would never have become common: just as it is the beautiful parts of the country which get over-run with tourists.
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