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...static life. To the teacher is given the privilege of pointing to the higher life. He is the gardener in the garden of life. His task is to plant and to cultivate the flowers of noble thoughts and deeds rather than to let the human soul grow up to weeds. This purpose becomes all the more significant when we realize that the effects of our teaching are not only to modify a life here of three-score and ten--they are impressions attendant throughout eternity. As the poet Goethe has said,Life is the childhood of our immortality." and the teachings of childhood are what determine the character of maturity. The thought is given additional emphasis in the beautiful little poem, "Planting," by W. Lomax Childress:
Who plants a tree may live To see its leaves unfold, The greenness of its summer garb, Its autumn tinge of gold.
Who plants a flower may live To see its beauty grow, The lily whiten on its stalk, The rambler rose to blow.
Who sows the seed may find ... Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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