A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on authority, nature, proof, rest, teaching, traditions, and work

The mathematician starts with a few propositions, the proof of which is so obvious that they are called self-evident, and the rest of his work consists of subtle deductions from them. The teaching of languages, at any rate as ordinarily practiced, is of the same general nature authority and tradition furnish the data, and the mental operations are deductive.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: "Scientific Education — Notes of an After-dinner Speech." Macmillan's Magazine Vol XX, 1869.

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