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Quotes for taking exams. Feeling a bit nervous, anxious, or sleep deprived? Revive your senses and distract those nerves by reading a few tidbits about this dreaded event.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.

I should be inclined to say that as plants are stifled with too much moisture, and lamps with too much oil, so too much study and matter stifles the action of the mind, which, being caught and entangled in a great variety of things, may lose the ability to break loose, and be kept bent and huddled down by its burden.
Oh! might my ill-past hours return again! No more, as then, should Sloth around me throw Her soul-enslaving, leaden chain! No more the precious time would I employ In giddy revells, or in thoughtless joy, A present joy producing future woe. But o'er the midnight Lamp I'd love to pore, I'd seek with care fair Learning's depths to sound, And gather scientific Lore.
. . . this cheek and brow, Whose paleness, burne'd in with heats of thought, Would make an angel smile to see how ill Clay thrust from Paradise consorts with mind-
Cramming seeks to stamp things in by intense application immediately before the ordeal. But a thing thus learned can form but few associations. On the other hand, the same thing recurring on different days, in different contexts, read, recited on, referred to again and again, related to other things and reviewed, gets well wrought into the mental structure. This is the reason why you should enforce on your pupils habits of continuous application.
A student must be of low caliber indeed if, with printed text and written notes before him covering the entire work of the term, he cannot cram enough facts into his head and keep them there long enough to get past the examination. When he has done this, so far as his present state of mind is concerned, he seems to be through with those facts--finished; he is never going to want them again, or worry about them. The habit of forgetting, the habit of not even taking things into his consciousness except under certain extraordinary conditions, is a vicious and subtle one he is not able to shake off.
With song elate we celebrate The struggling Student wight, Who seeketh still to pack his pate With treasures erudite.
People are afraid of war and wounds and dentists, all with excellent reason; but these are not to be compared with such chaotic terrors of the mind as fell on this young man, and made him cover his eyes from the innocent morning.
To those who know, a written examination is far from being a true criterion of capacity. It demands too much of mere memory, imitativeness, and the insidious willingness to absorb other people's ideas. Parrots and crows would do admirably in examinations. Indeed, the colleges are full of them.
After these years of lectures heard, Of papers read, of hopes deferred, Of days spent in the dark stacks In learning the impervious facts So well you can dispose with them, Now that the final day has come When you shall answer name and dates Where fool and scholar judge your fate What have you gained?
On students, the most immediate effect of testing is anxiety. Most families have their characteristic exam-time symptoms. The household rhythms change. Girls' parents resign themselves to the overeating or under-nourishment, the sleepiness or insomnia, the amenorrhea, the fitful tears, the furious rejection of help. Boys' parents brace themselves for the lunatic sensitivity to noise, the ritually elaborate apparatus of study, the vocabulary of grunts and snarls, the midnight carbohydrates and the shuddering refusal of breakfast.