Learning Quotes

We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing

Friday, December 16th, 2011

“How hard it is in some cases to be believed! And how impossible in others!”

“But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?”

“That is a question which I hardly…”

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We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

“He may have deserved it, but that is not the point. If I had calmly and deliberately decided to whip him because I thought it a just punishment for him I would not feel over it as I do. But the truth is, Mrs. Allan, that I just flew into a temper and whipped him because of…

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The necessary knowledge is that of what to observe

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
violence implied

But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced. He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained lies, not so much in the validity of the inference, as in the quality of the…

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To create a little flower is the labour of ages

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
little flower in palm of hand

If others had not been foolish, we should be so.
The soul of sweet delight can never be defil’d.
When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!
As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys…

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Life is our dictionary

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has already lived, through the poverty or the splendour of his speech. Life lies behind us as the quarry from whence we get tiles and cope-stones for the masonry of to-day. Colleges and books only copy the language which…

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The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
leaping child

This every man is entitled to; this every man contains within him, although, in almost all men, obstructed, and as yet unborn. The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates. In this action, it is genius; not the privilege of here and there…

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New words germinate and bring forth new ideas, and they are the stuff out of which heaven and earth are made

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
budding tree branch

I ask all her friends to encourage her to tell them of her doings, and to manifest as much curiosity and pleasure in her little adventures as they possibly can. This gratifies the child’s love of approbation and keeps up her interest in things. This is the basis of real intercourse. She makes many mistakes, of course, twists words and phrases, puts the cart before the horse, and gets herself into hopeless tangles of nouns and verbs; but so does the hearing child.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

The Excursion is ended, and has passed to its place among the things that…

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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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(Learning) is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may…”

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The more I wonder, the more I love

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big…

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To observe attentively is to remember distinctly

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
hands at chess

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. When I say…

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