Monday thought of the week: collectors

A thought:

With respect to giving your children a taste for Natural History, I will venture one remark, viz that giving them specimens, in my opinion, would tend to destroy such taste. Youngsters must be themselves collectors to acquire a taste; & if I had a collection of English Lepidoptera, I would be systematically most miserly & not give my Boys half-a-dozen butterflies in the year. Your eldest Boy has the brow of an observer, if there be the least truth in phrenology.

– Charles Darwin, in a letter to the geologist Charles Lyell‘s sister-in-law, Katharine, January 26, 1856

Sounds like a longer version of the catch phrase from Dinosaur Train: “Get outside, get into nature, and make your own discoveries.”

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