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Excerpt from Mr. Rolfe of the HillWhen Mr. Rolfe finally granted me permission to bring out a book of his writings and speeches, my chief satisfaction lay in the fact that I should have a very welcome opportunity of giving pleasure to every alumnusMoreExcerpt from Mr. Rolfe of the HillWhen Mr. Rolfe finally granted me permission to bring out a book of his writings and speeches, my chief satisfaction lay in the fact that I should have a very welcome opportunity of giving pleasure to every alumnus and friend of The Hill. Surely there is no man associated with the history of the School about whom the affection and honor of all have gathered more spontaneously and loyally. For years he has stedfastly refused with various characteristically humorous and modest dodges even to consider the proposition although it has long been desired and requested by many of his colleagues who, knowing him best, honor him most and have the best reason for recognizing a collection of his work as a rich treasury of good things.Robert Louis Stevenson in his Apology for Idlers has a word to say which is exceedingly apt:A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note. He or she is a radiating focus of good will: and their entrance into a room is as if another candle had been lighted. We need not care whether they could prove the forty-seventh proposition- they do a better thing than that, they practically demonstrate the great theorem of the Liveableness of Life.So far as Mr. Rolfe is concerned any one of his friends feels perfectly sure that he could do both these things. Therefore this universal honor which his colleagues cherish for him does not rest upon a sentimental feeling that he is merely a genial good fellow but is based upon the most profound respect for his intellectual and spiritual quality and power. And yet his human contribution is his supreme memorial. He has to the very full what Shakespeare in Macbeth declared should accompany old age (though nobody will ever think of him as old): Honor, love, obedience, troops of friends.He is a winsome illustration of the validity of William Lyon Phelps appeal in his recent essay on Happiness that we should grow old eagerly, grow old triumphantly.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.