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Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.

All philanthropy... is only a savory fumigation burning at the mouth of a sewer. This incense offering makes the air more endurable to passers-by, but it does not hinder the infection in the sewer from spreading.
Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.
When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.
Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.
The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen.
The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.
For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life.
Art, that great undogmatized church.
The home was a closed sphere touched only at its edge by the world’s evolution.
Anyone who would attempt the task of felling a virgin forest with a penknife would probably feel the same paralysis of despair that the reformer feels when confronted with existing school systems.
Love is moral without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.
Nothing would more effectively further the development of education than for all flogging pedagogues to learn to educate with the head instead of with the hand.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.

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