Wealth and “Newspaper Fame”

All bow down before wealth. Wealth is that to which the multitude of men pay an instinctive homage. They measure happiness by wealth; and by wealth they measure respectability. … It is a homage resulting from a profound faith … that with wealth he may do all things. Wealth is one idol of the day and notoriety is a second. … Notoriety, or the making of a noise in the world — it may be called “newspaper fame” — has come to be considered a great good in itself, and a ground of veneration.

John Henry Cardinal Newman, Discourses to Mixed Congregations (1906)

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Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for resisting the urge—and helping me to resist the urge—to read the news.

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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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