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AUTHOR: Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)
QUOTATION: Education has for its object the formation of character. To curb restive propensities, to awaken dormant sentiments, to strengthen the perceptions, and cultivate the tastes, to encourage this feeling and repress that, so as finally to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature—this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
ATTRIBUTION: HERBERT SPENCER, Social Statics, part 2, chapter 17, p. 180 (1851).
SUBJECTS: Education