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Stories and Tales

Excerpt from Stories and Tales: From the Animal World Nobody likes to be always learning something. Even Solomon was fain to say at the end, "And much study is a weariness to the flesh." Beef and whole-wheat bread are, undoubtedly, muscle-builders, but a delicate pudding, or nuts and raisins, or an ice-cream are very pleasant at the end of a dinner, and without them we feel defrauded of something that is the cherished heritage of civilized man. Perhaps education has no better purpose than to create a hunger for knowledge and an absorbing desire to learn; but do you, my grown-up reader, ever feel in such mood that philosophy and abstruse poetry and logic pall upon your intellectual taste? Do you sometimes feel in such mood that only a fascinating monthly magazine or an absorbing short story is the measure of your receptive powers? Everybody must; everybody does; and children more than any others. Children do grow, sometimes, just a little tired of plumule and radicle, and vertical lines, and Charles and Mary Lamb; while the teacher and the mother, finding that so much time is needed to explain and illustrate, often feel that the child's reading would be far better if he read much more and they explained much less. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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