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Then, my good friend, I said, do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.
Translated by Benjamin Jowett
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“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”
“Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
“I wouldn’t miss Mrs. Flowers, because she had given me her secret word which would help me all my life: books.”
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
“For it assumed that the aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education—or that the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth.”
“Democracy and Education”
"Then, my good friend, I said, do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent." Plato, The Republic.
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