Herbert Spencer

England
27 Apr 1820 // 8 Dec 1903
Sociologist/Philosopher

The Secret for Real Knowledge Acquisition

Any piece of knowledge which the pupil has himself acquired, any problem which he has himself solved, becomes by virtue of the conquest much more thoroughly his than it could else be. The preliminary activity of mind which his success implies, the concentration of thought necessary to it, and the excitement consequent on his triumph, conspire to register all the facts in his memory in a way that no mere information heard from a teacher or read in a schol book can be registered.

Herbert Spencer, in 'Education: Intellectual, Moral, and Physical'
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