“I’m satisfied with my own research on the subject. I’m not in the mood to learn anything new.”

Claudia said, “But Mrs. Frankweiler, you should want to learn one new thing every day.  We did, even at the museum.”

“No,” I answered, “I don’t agree with that. I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal.  But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside you until it touches everything, and you can feel it inside you.  If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts and the begin to rattle around inside of you.  You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them.  It’s hollow.”


-From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler

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