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"One evening, when I was yet in my nurse’s arms, I wanted to touch the tea urn, which was boiling merrily... My nurse would have taken me away from the urn, but my mother said 'Let him touch it.' So I touched it -- and that was my first lesson in the meaning of liberty."
John Ruskin (more quotes by John Ruskin or books by/about John Ruskin)
(1819-1900) British author, artist, social critic
The Story of Arachne, 1870
Freedom, Independence, Knowledge, Learning, Liberty, Responsibility