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Inscriptions

 

     The Rush Rhees Library building has a number of memorable inscriptions.  Those on the exterior of the Library were authored by John Rothwell Slater, Professor of English from 1905 to 1942.

•     To the left and right of the West Entrance (Eastman Quadrangle
•    On the three doors of the West Entrance
•    In the Welles Brown Room
•    In the Messinger Periodical Reading Room

1.     To the left and right of the West Entrance (Eastman Quadrangle):

HERE IS THE HISTORY            HERE IS THE HISTORY
OF HUMAN IGNORANCE            OF MANS HUNGER FOR
ERROR SUPERSTITION            TRUTH GOODNESS AND
FOLLY WAR AND WASTE            BEAUTY LEADING HIM
RECORDED BY HUMAN            SLOWLY ON THROUGH
INTELLIGENCE FOR THE             FLESH TO SPIRIT FROM
ADMONITION OF WISER            BONDAGE TO FREEDOM
AGES STILL TO COME            FROM WAR TO PEACE

John Rothwell Slater

2.     On the three doors of the west entrance:

Left:    THE DOORS OF THE PAST OPEN TO THOSE WHO SEEK TO KNOW WHAT HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF THE STARS THE EARTH SUNLIGHT LIFE AND MAN’S LONG JOURNEY   


Center:  THE DOORS OF THE PRESENT OPEN TO THOSE WHO SEEK TO KNOW WHAT MAN CAN DO TO MASTER HIS FATE BY SCIENCE SUSTAIN HIS SPIRIT BY ART AND GUIDE HIS LIFE BY WISDOM
       

Right:  THE DOORS OF THE FUTURE OPEN TO THOSE WHO WONDER WHAT LIFE MAY BECOME WHEN MEN ARE FREE IN BODY AND SOUL LOVING ALL BEAUTY SERVING IN MANY WAYS ONE GOD   
   
John Rothwell Slater

 

 

 

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