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John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
(30 Apr 1834 - 28 May 1913)

English banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist who coined the terms Neolithic and Paleolithic.


John Lubbock (Lord Avebury) Quotes on Education (5 quotes)

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A wise system of education will at least teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.
— John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
The Pleasures of Life (Appleton, 1887), 132, or (2007), 73.
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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
The Use of Life (1895), 70 or (2005), 66.
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If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.
— John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
The Pleasures of Life (1887, 2007), 73.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (379)  |  Follow (379)  |  Learning (274)  |  Love (309)  |  Succeed (109)

Our great mistake in education is ... the worship of book-learning—the confusion of instruction and education. We strain the memory instead of cultivating the mind. … We ought to follow exactly the opposite course with children—to give them a wholesome variety of mental food, and endeavour to cultivate their tastes, rather than to fill their minds with dry facts.
— John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
The Pleasures of Life (Appleton, 1887), 183-184, or (2007), 71.
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The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should have the opportunity of teaching itself. What does it matter if the pupil know a little more or a little less? A boy who leaves school knowing much, but hating his lessons, will soon have forgotten all he ever learned; while another who had acquired a thirst for knowledge, even if he had learned little, would soon teach himself more than the first ever knew.
— John Lubbock (Lord Avebury)
[Elementary Education, Revised New Code (1871), Resolution.] Hansard's Parliamentary Debates (19 Jul 1872), vol. 207, 1463. Also in The Pleasures of Life (2007), 71.(Appleton, 1887), 183-184, or (2007), 71.
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  • 30 Apr - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Lubbock (Lord Avebury)'s birth.
  • Ants, Bees, and Wasps: A Record of Observations, by John Lubbock. - book suggestion.

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