Now what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.

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itemNow what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 1).

item Hard Times – For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.

 

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item This quotation, said by Thomas Gradgrind, is taken from the opening chapter of Hard Times:

Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!’

item Chapter 1 of Hard Times is set in an empty schoolroom. Thomas Gradgrind is airing his mechancial views of educational tuition to the schoolmaster.

 

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