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The New Zealand Evangelist

Study and Madness.—

Study and Madness.—

I question if study ever produced madness in a sound mind, unless the student began, like Dean Swift's projector at the top of the house instead of at the foundation. Perhaps where study has deranged one human mind it has preserved thousands from a similar evil; the student has made but small progress in any useful study if page 382 he has not learned common sense. It is not study that so often destroys the powers of mind and fills our lunatic Asylums, but the mere “beggarly elements” of temporal matters, and a want of mental rest from their consideration, more especially of that kind of rest which the Sabbath is so well adapted to bestow.