„The more a man thinks the better adapted he becomes to thinking, and education is nothing if it is not the methodical creation of the habit of thinking. Precisely. Theoretically, education is a mental training aiming at greater intellectual elasticity, but the question is whether education does not often strain, instead of train, a mind.“

—  Ernest Dimnet, p. 61
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Ernest Dimnet
écrivain français 1866 - 1954

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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
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