I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.
If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.
"What greater gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?"
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
[Lat., Quod enim munus reiplicae afferre majus, meliusve possumus, quam si docemus atque erudimus juventutem?]
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