C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


From one learn all.


It is lawful to be taught by an enemy.


The seeds of first instructions are dropp’d into the deepest furrows.


Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.


He need not go away from home for instruction.


To be instructed in the arts softens the manners and makes men gentle.


  • Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind,
  • And, while they captivate, inform the mind.
  • Cowper.

    Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.


    He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of daily virtuous living.


    The wise are instructed by reason, ordinary minds by experience; the stupid by necessity; and brutes by instinct.


    The heavens and the earth, the woods and the wayside, teem with instruction and knowledge to the curious and thoughtful.

    Hosea Ballou.

    We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.


  • Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
  • And things unknown propos’d as things forgot.
  • Pope.

  • It is a good divine that follows his
  • Own instructions; I can easier teach twenty
  • What were good to be done, than be one
  • Of the twenty to follow mine own teaching:
  • The brain may devise laws for the blood; but
  • A hot temper leaps o’er a cold decree.
  • Shakespeare.

    Let us consider how great a commodity of doctrine exists in books; how easily, how secretly, how safely they expose the nakedness of human ignorance without putting it to shame. These are the masters who instruct us without rods and ferules, without hard words and anger, without clothes or money. If you approach them they are not asleep; if investigating you interrogate them, they conceal nothing; if you mistake them they never grumble; if you are ignorant, they cannot laugh at you.

    Richard de Bury.