If you wish to give a man a sense of poverty, give him a thousand dollars. The next hundred dollars he gets will not be worth more than ten that he used to get. Have pity on him; withhold your gifts.—Journal, 20 January 1856
It is folly to attempt to educate children within a city. The first step must be to remove them out of it.—Journal,  25 July 1851
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.—Journal, 4 October 1859
It is remarkable that no pains is taken to teach children to distinguish colors. I am myself uncertain about the names of many.—Journal, 28 January 1852
It is strange that men are in such a haste to get fame as teachers rather than knowledge as learners.—Journal, 11 March 1856
It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women.—Walden
Knowledge can be acquired only by a corresponding experience. How can we know what we are told merely? Each man can interpret another’s experience only by his own.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Knowledge does not come to us by details but by lieferungs from the gods.—Journal, 7 July 1851
Many college text-books which were a weariness and a stumbling-block when studied, I have since read a little in with pleasure and profit.—Journal, 19 February 1854
On every hand we observe a truly wise practice, in education, in morals, and in the arts of life, the embodied wisdom of many an ancient philosopher.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
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