John Lubbock

John Lubbock

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury (30 April 1834 – 28 May 1913), known as Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet from 1865 until 1900, was a banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath. He was a banker and worked with his family’s company, but also made significant contributions in archaeology, ethnography, and several branches of biology.

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A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not.

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

Happiness is a thing to be practiced like the violin.

When we have done our best we should wait the result in peace.

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

If we are ever in doubt about what to do it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.

Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.

We often hear of people breaking down from overwork but in nine out of ten they are really suffering from worry or anxiety.

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.