John Henry Newman: What Is University?

John Henry Newman: What Is University?
By Rosalinda Flores-Martinez

“It is a place where inquiry is pushed forward, and discoveries verified and perfected, and rashness rendered innocuous, and error exposed, by the collision of mind with mind, and knowledge with knowledge.”

Newman says that it is a seed of different generations where people come together in unity to learn and work for contributions and developments.

From all walks of life, education or the university could be the only thing equal for the rich and poor. It is a main ground for all the productions of nature and art together. It foresees the future of the best workmen, among others.

Newman in this essay shows vivid classifications of what university is all about. One example is the professor who becomes a missionary and preacher, displaying his science in most complete and winning form, pouring with zeal and lighting up his love in the breasts of his hearers.

A teacher’s love for his/her craft would manifest a pattern for the students to see what work/vocation is in store for them. How they could hone a craft, earn a living, build estates, contribute to society, heal a nation, lead and serve people – will give each individual his longing for an endeavor and ignite the flames of fire in his talents.

The author’s sentences begin with a definition, using the pronoun “it” without being monotonous. His style is unique and stunning, showing an eloquent discourse of metaphors, allusion, and picturesque prose.

“It is the center of trade, the supreme court of fashion, the umpire of rival talents, and the standard of things rare and precious. It is a place where a thousand schools make contributions…”

Newman unifies his paragraphs by focusing on a central theme and the association of intense details.

He uses original words for his meaning and metaphors:

Set 1:

A place of concourse

In the nature of things, greatness and unity go together, excellence implies a center
It is where intellect safely range and speculate, sure to find its equal in some antagonist activity and its judge in the tribunal truth.

Set 2:

Wins the admiration of the young by its celebrity
Kindles the affection of the middle-aged by its beauty
Rivets the fidelity of the old by its associations

It is the light of the world, a minister of faith, and the Alma Mater of the rising generation, among others.
Readers comment that he is a writer of excellence.

John Henry Newman is also referred to as Blessed John Henry Newman (as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI on September 19, 2010). Newman’s personal coat of arms (Wikipedia) upon his elevation to the cardinalate translates in English from Latin as “Heart speaks unto heart.”

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November evening

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En helt vanlig novemberkveld ringte min telefon: ‘Du bør ta med deg kameraet og komme de deg ut!’ Naboene mine har etter hvert våknet til hva jeg holder på med og de passer på når noe skjer . . .
Jeg oppdaget jo fort at jeg igjen var ute i siste liten, men det gjør egentlig ikke så mye. Jeg får litt dypere farger ved dårligere belysning.
Bilde 008bOn an quite ordinary November evening my telephone rang:
‘You ought to get out here! And bring your camera!
My neighbours have discovered what I’m doing an d it doesn’t take much to make my phone ring . . .
And pretty fast I discovered that once more I was kind of late. Hovever, it doesn’t matter all that much since I’m getting deeper colors when the sun is extra low on the horizon.
Bilde 010bOg for at dere skal få med dere et…

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Forgot Your Speech? How To Recompose Your Thoughts Quickly Before You Take Stage

Forgot Your Speech? How To Recompose Your Thoughts Quickly Before You Take Stage

Talking before a crowd or an audience begets high spirits! It shifts power to the fourth gear and a rupture of charm for a few minutes on stage, like a rock star!

But suddenly, you forgot your speech…

Here are some tips on how to recompose your thoughts quickly before you take the stage.

Know your audience.

Your speech must be suited for your audience. Are they students? Experts? Crowd?

Remember in any of the above, common and simple words can create an impact, if the words will be used appropriately.

Focus on the title.

The title is your theme. All that you will be speaking about should contribute to the theme. Know what your title promises.

Draft a quick outline on a sheet of paper.

Write key words and make a few sentences leading to examples. Be sure to provide the answers to the lead paragraph or the final paragraph answering: what, where, when, who and how, among others.

Get quotes, notable people and writers to vouch for your speech or site a related example or experience.

Of course, you must have read a lot before your speech and get to practice speaking some thoughts about the topic spontaneously.

Remember how you do a monologue. This can help you feel at ease.

Be calm and confident that you know the topic and have studied your details.

Be ready with at least one joke or game to include an audience participation.

Take note that God helps those who help themselves! Feel like a superstar of the moment. Smile and in the end, don’t forget to say, “Thank you.”

See this example.

Audience – experts

Title – How To Be A Success

Quick Outline

Keywords – success, deal, leaders, work, example, achievements, labor, goal, targets, progress

Supply answers to question words:

What is success?
How do you deal with it?
How can you be a good leader?
What are the secrets?
Where is your target result?
When can that be?

Get notable quotes and examples. See the Holy Bible! Google! Check on a writer’s blog.

“The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.” Benjamin Franklin

Of course, you did the research about your topic. Relate your stocked knowledge, the details/notes in the speech you forgot to your new thoughts of the topic.

Ask questions and let the audience participate, but control the discussion. Be like a teacher. You own the stage as you make the speech.

In the end, leave a good thought for your audience.

Success is hard labor, as in Eliot’s “Writing is hard labor.”

Be honest.

Now, you are ready to speak! Seize the day!

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Flash Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To

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It was a long day of intensive studies. We had not seen the outside since we had arrived at 8 in the morning. Before the dinner hour was to arrive we were given an hour to decompress from the day and clear our minds. My partner during the practical applications came up to me and asked if I wanted to take a walk with her. We had only met when we both started our yoga training a few months prior; however, there was an immediate connection. Our sense of humor was similar as our skill level with the poses we were practicing in our studies. As we headed outside the sun was in the latter part of the day, its orange hued rays large and unfocused. We headed down a trail that led us into a forest. With the air cooler inside the green canopied trees, we leisurely started up…

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A Book Review: Learning How To Fly by Sam Keen

Life is fun when it soars. There is freedom when like a bird, it flies so high.


Everyone loves that magic stuff, so that is why fairy tale stories endure like a circus of fun and clowns, a program of wonder, an enchantment stint, a flying bird from scarves, and of course, that trapeze act that brings dazzle.

The trapeze act is usually swinging and flying. Those stints often pass quickly, but they are dangerous. The performers are skilled. The presentation they offer the audience, bring excitement and wonder because everyone is amazed of flying stints. It is like magic and defying gravity.

From the book “Learning to Fly” by Sam Keen, the author discovers “Death prompts to play it safe and life prompts to risk it.”

“What will I risk to stay alive?”

Flying in life is the zeal that comes from within. Things can be achieved. How these airplanes, rockets and jets evolved from papers, the work of trapeze performers is also a mystery of union and exploration. The soul forgets gravity.

“I like all who inhabit the mystery of fleeting time is a bird that flies from the darkness into a brightly lit room and back into darkness. I know I may never reach the arm of the catcher. I may never know the perfection of unconditional love and acceptance, but I leap again and again into the void with reaching arms. I am sustained by hope.”

The book of Keen is a memoir that stretches out muscles, passion and a reminder of letting go. It draws vivid pictures about life and how to discover the many offerings of everyday events. People in different ages (from nine to ninety-nine) must continue to surge and realize that one of best times is always now.


Moreover, in the novel of Sara Gruen in the movie “Water for Elephants” (Reese W. as Marlena, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, directed by Francis Lawrence), Marlena stars a spectacular show on earth dancing on air and with Rosie, the elephant. The facade of Marlena’s beautiful face becomes a mystery of a vision that most art speaks about.

“The performance within the flying theater invites us to remember that we are creatures of earth and air. We are all animated by an insistent urge to transcend our limits and to rise up on the wings of hope.”

Learning to Fly by Sam Keen is published by Broadway Books. Broadway Books is a division of Random House, Inc.

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