I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first the sounder they are at the core and I think the same is true for human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and protected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.
Henry David Thoreau
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