The Centennial History of Tufts College, 1952

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Cultured as Well as Learned

Cultured as Well as Learned


And so the first active century has passed. It is clear in the minds of her sons and daughters that Tufts was not founded to be

and is not now just another college. It was founded as an institution set apart by a truly liberal aim. Its graduates think that this character of their college gives it a special spirit. Fifty years ago in an address to Tufts undergraduates Professor Thomas Whittemore, '94, gave a clue to this continuing and special attitude of mind that is the true Tufts. He said: "One youth comes up and asks the college to give him wealth, another to give him position, another to give him power, another to give him knowledge. And the college, wise with the lives of her children, looks deep into their eyes and says, 'You know not what you ask.' Her highest ideal for you is in an educated man, by which I mean, a man in whose training there have been no oversights, who is cultivated as well as learned, who has pure manners as well as fine skill, who has high moral character as well as great powers.

In its first century Tufts has, to use the

words of its charter, promoted virtue and piety. It has lead many able students into an understanding of the liberal and useful arts and sciences.

Today the almost twenty thousand living Tufts Alumni hope that Charles Tufts' light, even though it may come to depend on atomic energy and not on Medford whale oil, will shine ever more brightly during its second century on his hilltop.