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Most of us are tactful enough with other adults not to point out their errors, but not many of us are ready to extend this courtesy (or any other courtesy, for that matter) to children.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

When we see a chair in a room, we can easily imagine that chair in another part of the room, or in another room, or by itself. But for the baby the chair is an integral part of the room he sees.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

A child doesn’t work that way. He is used to getting his answers out of the noise. He has, after all, grown up in a strange world where everything is noise, where he can only understand and make sense of a tiny part of what he experiences.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

She showed that very little children could easily be taught to move, not just exuberantly, but also deftly, precisely, gently.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

It is probably a mistake, anyway, to assume that whatever little children touch they will destroy, and that we must therefore keep them from touching anything that is not theirs. This dampens their curiosity and confidence.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, to do the things that he sees bigger people doing. Why can’t we make more use of this great drive for understanding and competence?

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

As I have since learned very well, little children strongly dislike being given more help than they ask for.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

His message could be summed up, You cannot learn anything about yourself from your own experience, but must believe whatever we experts tell you.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:08pm on October 21, 2017

But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:03pm on October 21, 2017

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:03pm on October 21, 2017

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:02pm on October 21, 2017

The “well-rounded man.” This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:01pm on October 21, 2017

Given the precision and the vagueness, you are forced to re-see the lilacs of your own experience.

Portraits — John Berger 3:01pm on October 21, 2017

The Impressionist vocabulary of images is that of a popular dream, the awaited, beloved, secular Sunday.

Portraits — John Berger 3:00pm on October 21, 2017

I do not want to suggest that I saw more in 1973 than in 1963. I saw differently. That is all.

Portraits — John Berger 2:59pm on October 21, 2017

But what engaged Bellini was not light which, destroying darkness, enables us to distinguish one object from another; it was, rather, the way that, when light is diffused, it creates a unity of all the objects that it falls on.

Portraits — John Berger 2:59pm on October 21, 2017

They both want it understood that not to resist is to be indifferent, that to forget or not to know is also to be indifferent, and that to be indifferent is to condone.

Portraits — John Berger 2:59pm on October 21, 2017

Throughout history, there are always new terrors – even if a few disappear, yet there are no new happinesses – happiness is always the old one.

Portraits — John Berger 2:58pm on October 21, 2017

I won’t make the same mistake again. I’ll make others, of course.

Portraits — John Berger 2:57pm on October 21, 2017

The images convincingly represent men, trees, hills, helmets, stones. And one knows that such things grow, develop, and have a life of their own, just as one knows that the acrobat can fall. Consequently, when here their forms are made to exist in perfect correspondence, you can only feel that all that has previously occurred to them, has occurred in preparation for this presented moment. Such a painting makes the present the apex of the whole past.

Portraits — John Berger 2:57pm on October 21, 2017