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Sometimes we can’t tell why

“ … what Jonathan Edwards (Yale, class of 1720; appointed president of Princeton in 1758) called “beauties that delight us and we can’t tell why — as when “we find ourselves pleased in beholding the color of the violets, but we know not what secret regularity or harmony it is that creates that pleasure in our minds.”

— Jonathan Edwards, 1752.
— Quoted in Andrew Delbanco: College: What It Is, Was, and Should Be (p. 40), 2012.