Curiosity Quotes

The gift of an inquisitive nature to the young can be greater than the wisdom which comes of age

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
boy with book

Remember when Redwall was at its height? Twelve years ago, nine out of ten bookish eleven year-olds were carrying around some book from the Redwall series. Die hard fans requested scones with meadowcream and…

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The strongest instinct of the human race, stronger than even sex or hunger, is curiosity: the absolute need to know

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
bird's eye view

It was a town scandal, as Ira was reminded more than once as a boy. But she faced it down. She looked them in the eye at the inquest, said she had no idea what the note meant and that what she’d done was nobody’s business…

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Children will educate themselves under right conditions. They require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

Sunday, July 5th, 2009
child's hand reaching for butterfly on flowers

…we continue to fill their minds with the so-called rudiments. Mathematics will never make them loving, nor will the accurate knowledge of the size and shape of the world help them to appreciate its beauties. Let us lead them during the first years to find their greatest pleasure in Nature.

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“Why?” is the door through which he enters the world of reason and reflection.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
door with key

She has now reached the question stage of her development. It is “what?” “why?” “when?” especially “why?” all day long, and as her intelligence grows her inquiries become more insistent. I remember how unbearable I used to find the inquisitiveness of my friends’ children; but I…

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Assume the child is doing his part, and that the seed you have sown will bear fruit in due time

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
puppy dozes in a hand

Since I have abandoned the idea of regular lessons, I find that Helen learns much faster. I am convinced that the time spent by the teacher in digging out of the child what she has put into him, for the sake of satisfying herself…

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