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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 81

[Epigraph by H. G. Wells]

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I am no contemner of the present. To me it appears a time of immense and wonderful beginnings. New ideas are organising themselves out of the little limited efforts of innumerable men. Never was there an age so intellectually prolific and abundant as this in the aggregate is. It is true, indeed, that we who write and think and investigate to-day, present nothing to compare with the magnificent reputations and intensely individualised achievements of the impressive personalities of the past. None the less, it is true that, taken all together, we signify infinitely more. We no longer pose for admiration as high priests, and princes of letters in a world of finite achievement; we admit ourselves no more than pages bearing the train of a queen—but a queen of limitless power. The knowledge we co-ordinate, the ideas we build together, the growing blaze in which we are willingly consumed, are wider and higher and richer in promise than anything the world has had before.—H. G. Wells.