The first and favorite amusement of a child, even before it begins to play, is that of imitating the works of man. It builds houses with cards or sticks, it navigates the little ocean of a bowl of water with a paper boat, or dams the stream of a gutter and contrives something which it calls a mill; and it interests itself in the fate of its works with a care that resembles affection.

It afterwards goes to school, where its genius is killed by the barren study of a dead language, and the philosopher is lost in the linguist.

- Thomas Paine

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