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His method was a rigorous kind of catechism or dialectic which he 'applied with such force that although the undergraduates had only one lecture a day, we are told that the preparation of this one, to the degree of accuracy which he required, taxed the industry of even the most attentive. Multum, non multa was his motto, and as this is but a short way of expressing the Oxford ideal, so we may say that Copleston was the first to formulate this ideal distinctly and fully for the Noetic school. " 90 Newman's relations with Copleston were never easy, for the two men were very different in temperament and in the early years Newman was terribly shy.
The famous Oriel teapot, which replaced the pottle of wine that was usual in most college common rooms, was a symbol of the correctness of their 1ives. 76 They were evolving a new conception of the life of a don, namely that it involved something more than port mingled with an idle and elegant scholarship, that there was hard work to be done, and that those in a university had a special call to do it. 77 Therefore in their writings they ranged broadly [ 35] THE IMPERIAL INTELLECT over political, economic, and educational affairs, and even in their own persons they tended to pass beyond the college into the more active positions of the church and the world.
S. Mill, were the two modern philosophers whose reading was scantiest in proportion to their intellectual abilities,D 8 and Whately justified this imperfect knowledge by distinguishing between two kinds of "smattering," the superficial knowledge of a subject which is given by a little random information, and the elementary knowledge which is given by a grasp of its principles. "My own learning," he admitted, "is of a very singular kind, being more purely elementary than anyone's I know. I am acquainted with the elements of most things, and that more accurately than many who are much versed in them, but I know nothing thoroughly, except such studies as are intrinsically of an elmentary character, viz.