"I would rather compare it [the mind] to a Seed, which contains all the Stamina of the future Plant, and all those Principles of Perfection, to which it aspires in its After-growth, and regularly arrives by gradual Stages, unless it is obstructed in its Progress by external Violence."
— Fordyce, David (bap. 1711, d. 1751)
(vol I, pp. 116-7)
Fordyce, David. Dialogues Concerning Education. 2 vols. (London: [s.n.], 1745).