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That learning is most requisite which unlearns evil.

The chief art of learning, as Locke has observed, is to attempt but little at a time. The widest excursions of the mind are made by short flights frequently repeated; the most lofty fabrics of science are formed by the continued accumulation of single propositions.

The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love him, and to imitate him, as we may the nearest, by possessing our souls of true virtue.

The great art of learning, is to undertake but little at a time.

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

The most learned are often the most narrow-minded men.

The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstruction in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought, so far, to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.

The true order of learning should be first, what is necessary; second, what is useful; and third, what is ornamental. - To reverse this arrangement, is like beginning to build at the top of the edifice.

Till a man can judge whether they be truths or no, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.

Voracious learning, often over-fed, digests not into sense her motley meal. This bookcase, with dark booty almost burst, this forager on others' wisdom, leaves her native farm, her reason, quite untill'd.

We should not ask who is the most learned, but who is the best learned.

Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket. - Do not pull it out merely to show that you have one. - If asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.

Who can tell whether learning may not even weaken invention in man that has great advantages from nature and birth; whether the weight and number of so many men's thoughts and notions may not suppress his own or hinder the motion and agitation of them, from which all invention arises; as heaping on wood, or too many sticks, or too close together, suppresses, and sometimes quite extinguishes a little spark, that would otherwise have grown up to a noble flame.

Without controversy, learning doth make the mind of men gentle, generous, amiable, and pliant to government; whereas ignorance makes them churlish, thwarting, and mutinous; and the evidence of time doth clear this assertion, considering that the most barbarous, rude, and unlearned times have been most subject to tumults, seditions, and changes.

You are to consider that learning is of great use to society; and though it may not add to the stock, it is a necessary vehicle to transmit it to others. Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainhead.

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