Quotation by Charles Horton Cooley

It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.
Charles Horton Cooley (1864–1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 4, New York (1902).
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