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In his note to the reader, Thornton proposes to let Nock speak for himself and quotes H. L. Mencken, "Thinking in English, he thinks in charming rhythm. There is never any cacophony in his sentences as there is never any muddling in his ideas. It is accurate, it is well ordered, and above all, it is charming." Heroes of the intellect, scholars whom we admire for their incisive mind, their clear and melodious speech, their writing which may be at once sparkling and profound, are few and far between. If we come across such a person and wish to share him with others or pass on our sense of admiration, it may be very difficult. It may be impossible to find the proper outlet in any of the ordinary media for the exchange of ideas. If the person is famous as William Osler, probably the greatest physician of the English-speaking
Bean WB. The Wisdom of Albert Jay Nock: A Collection of Quotations. Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(5):680-681. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620290146032