One week of excerpts from The Phantom Tollbooth:1

 

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“It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time… I can’t see the point in learning to solve useless problems, or subtracting turnips from turnips, or knowing where Ethiopia is or how to spell February.” And, since no one bothered to explain otherwise, he regarded the process of seeking knowledge as the greatest waste of time of all.

from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, 1961

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