The Best Life

Charles Franklin Thwing

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Excerpt from The Best Life: An Address

The best life. What is it?

My first answer is: It is the life of truth, the life that is spent in searching for, in holding, and in expressing, the truth. To inquire, to know, to tell: these are three phases or functions of our relation to what we call truth. The first command of the Bible is, "Let there be light;" and the first commendation of the Bible is, "And God saw the light, that it was good." Among the last declarations of the Apocalypse is that of the blessing that "And there shall be no night there," "for the Lord God giveth them light." Man's first appetite is for light, and there is no surer sign of dying than the coming of the twilight.

The mind of man is fitted for truth, and truth is fitted for the mind of man.

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