A Motto from Emerson on Teaching and Learning

I recently read The List (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004) by Robert E. Belknap. Mr. Belknap used this fine quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (which a small amount of internet research reveals is drawn from Emerson’s Nature) as his epigraph:

“He will perceive that there are far more excellent qualities in the student than preciseness and infallibility; that a guess is often more fruitful than an indisputable affirmation, and that a dream may let us deeper into the secret of nature than a hundred concerted experiments.”

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