Sir Richard Winn Livingstone was a British classical scholar, educationist, and academic administrator. He promoted the classical liberal arts.
Richard Livingstone was the son of an Anglican vicar. His mother was the daughter of an Irish baron. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He remained at Oxford University until 1924 as fellow, tutor, and librarian at Corpus Christi College. In 1920, he served on the Prime Minister’s committee on the classics. During 1920–22, he was co-editor of the Classical Review.
During 1924–33, Livingstone became Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was knighted in 1931.
In 1933, Livingstone returned to Oxford, and became President of Corpus Christi College. In 1944, Livingstone delivered the Rede Lecture at Cambridge on Plato and modern education. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1944 until 1947.
Livingstone retired in 1950 and spent his final years writing and lecturing.
There is no virtue in being uncritical; nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.