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Habit of Beauty

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by: John S. Schmitt
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Publication Date: August 18, 2017
Book Size: 5.25" x 8"
Pages: 326
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
John Schmitt founded Trivium School, the first in what became known as the classical education movement. Having interiorized the classical inheritance, he established a school that embodied what he himself had made his own.
A teacher who presented the high ideal of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth, Schmitt would tell his students they are princes and princesses; heirs of the best that has been thought or said or made. He never tired of saying that beauty is in the thing in front of us—if only we had eyes to see.
Schmitt had eyes to see. He understood that men must not only know the truth and do the good, but learn to delight in the beautiful, and to judge and make beautiful things. This is how he lived, and those who knew him think of this "habit of beauty" when they remember him.
Edited by Samuel Schmitt, with a Forward by Mark Langley and an Introduction by William Schmitt, this collection of essays spans over 35 years of his long career, on the topics of family, education and the arts.
Customer Comments
Posted: September 4, 2020
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This book is a curious mixture of big ideas and also the practical implementation of those ideas. It gave me a new look at how to think about things, but also how to live it out in my personal and family life. It presents a whole way of thinking about the world, that we can live a sane and happy life, if we focus on doing the good, learning the truth and surrounding ourselves and our children with beauty. We don't have to settle for the easy, the ugly, the less than great. The essay on Fatherhood especially was helpful to me, as some of the ideas there I don't recall seeing anywhere else. It will be my new "bedside table book," something to read a little at a time, with room to ponder and live out the big ideas a little at a time.
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