Literary Birthday – 2 March – John Jay Chapman


Five Quotes

  1. The worst enemy of good government is not our ignorant foreign voter, but our educated domestic railroad president, our prominent business man, our leading lawyer.
  2. The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.
  3. Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
  4. Too much agreement kills the chat.
  5. All progress is experimental.

John Jay Chapman was an American poet, author, dramatist, and critic. He attacked the get-rich-quick morality of the post-Civil War “Gilded Age” in political action and in his writing. A lawyer by profession, he first attracted attention to his writing as a gifted essayist. He is the author of The Treason and Death of Benedict Arnold – A Play for a Greek Theatre.

by Amanda Patterson

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