Study as Indulgence

Boy Studying
Peter Vilhelm Ilsted


Study is the bane of childhood,
the oil of youth,
the indulgence of adulthood,
and a restorative in old age.

~ Walter Savage Landor

What say you?
Is this quote true?

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8 thoughts on “Study as Indulgence

  1. What a Charlotte Mason like sentiment!  I would agree, though I don’t think that it is actually the bane of youth except that a young child has not yet benefited from the training to not indulge his every appetite and be dilligent.  I think that study is the chief teacher of those lessons in a child.
    And yes, it does seem like an indulgence when we have so many menial tasks mounting up to do!  But again, I think that it is a necessity if we are to continue to be proper and good helpmeets to our husbands and wise older women in the Titus 2 way, not to mention that we have the daunting job of teaching our children.
    I guess that’s more than two cents, isn’t it?

  2. I’ll pay you a dollar for it, Margaret! (grin)I’m intrigued by the restorative aspect.  Such a contrast to the comatose bodies in front of the TV at the old folks’ homes I’ve visited.

  3. Yes, I love the quote.  It’s mostly true for me, though I don’t consider study an indulgence in adulthood–I consider it a necessity, without which I would go mad. Oh, wait…maybe I’m already in old age?
    By the way, I received 84 Charing Cross Road for my birthday yesterday, read it last night and this morning, and loved the dickens out of it!  What a gem.  I had never heard of it before seeing it sometime back on Dr. Grant’s book list, and then I saw it on your “best reads” list, so I asked for it.  I didn’t have any clue what it was about, and, in fact, thought it was a novel. 

  4. I also like that quote.  Although, for me personally, I wasn’t so appreciative of study and learning in my youth either.  But, I definitely find it to be an indulgence now.  My FIL has been a life-long learner and I would definitely say his persuits have helped him to stay sharp for almost 97 years (this last year he has lost some of his sharpness though). 

  5. I don’t agree with studying (learning) being indulgent at ANY age!  I am of the school of, “it’s never too late to learn!”  I have always loved learning and can almost physically feel my brain cells pulling themselves together to learn and remember what I’ve learned.  I think education, in general, is the answer to a lot of our problems.  I don’t necessarily mean formal education, but maybe “enlightening” would be a better word.  Ignorance can be solved so easily by this in so many situations!  

  6. I can remember the moment as a youth when it became an oil because of a teacher’s brilliant ability.  The love of learning to learn became the “other” subject when I homeschooled my children.  Now I would say it is both indulgence and restorative, something to relax with as well as be challenged by. My problem now is that I get easily distracted and veer off to something else before I’ve done with the other. (sort of like losing the car). Ah! love you, m

  7. Actually, studying was an escape for me in my childhood–much like the library i’d visit all summer long, my schoolwork was a place to hide from the reality of my life. Back then, i didn’t know there was a choice other than to do my homework, but i did enjoy it. And now i have a 27 year old who can’t get enough of studying and learning…

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