Excerpt from Journal of Pedagogy, 1898, Vol. 11
Nor will it lessen the sympathy, the love, the reverence for childhood. Knowledge does not take the warmth out of the heart; nor does ignorance cultivate the higher and more beautiful emotions. Is it not rather the case that those who see most clearly into the nature of child life, are those who love it most dearly, and who have the most profound rever ence for the mystery there entombed? Ignorance breeds indifference, leads one to take everything as a matter of course, does not awaken the deeper emotions of the soul. Ignorance of nature does not increase one's love for nature, but rather To him who in the love of nature holds com munion with her visible forms, she speaks a various lan guage; for his gayer hours she has a voice of gladness and a smile and eloquence of beauty, and she glides into his darker14 journal or pedagogy.
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