Rudolf Steiner quote

"If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world."

Rudolf Steiner

Born: February 27, 1861

Die: March 30, 1925

Occupation: Philosopher

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