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Rocking on a lazy billow
  With roaming eyes,
    Cushioned on a dreamy pillow,
      Thou art now wise.
        Wake the power within thee slumbering,
          Trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
            Thou wilt bless the task when reaping
              Sweet labour's prize.
      - John Stuart Blackie,
        Address to the Edinburgh Students,
        quoted by Lord Iddlesleigh "Desultory Reading"

Strange to the world, he wore a bashful look,
  The fields his study, nature was his book.
      - Robert Bloomfield, Farmer's Boy--Spring
         (l. 31)

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Miscellaneous Essays
         (I, 137), (ed. 1888)

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort, is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
      - Confucius, Analects (bk. XIV, ch. III)

The studious class are their own victims; they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption,--pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism. If you come near them and see what conceits they entertain--they are abstractionists, and spend their days and nights in dreaming some dream; in expecting the homage of society to some precious scheme built on a truth, but destitute of proportion in its presentment, of justness in its application, and of all energy of will in the schemer to embody and vitalize it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Representative Men--Montaigne

There is unspeakable pleasure attending the life of a voluntary student.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

Ah, pensive scholar, what is fame?
  A fitful tongue of leaping flame;
    A giddy whirlwind's fickle gust,
      That lifts a pinch of mortal dust;
        A few swift years, and who can show
          Which dust was Bill, and which was Joe?
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Poems of the Class of '29--Bill and Joe
         (st. 7)

Where should the scholar live? In solitude, or in society? in the green stillness of the country, where he can hear the heart of Nature beat, or in the dark, gray town where he can hear and feel the throbbing heart of man?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. VIII)

All students can learn.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
  And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.
      - William Shakespeare

He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one;
  Exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading;
    Lofty and sour to them that lov'd him not;
      But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
      - William Shakespeare

Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
  And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

From his cradle
  He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one,
    Exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading;
      Lofty and sour to them that loved him not,
        But to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii)

And with unwearied fingers drawing out
  The lines of life, from living knowledge hid.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. IV, canto II, st. 48)


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