Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said "Correction does much, but encouragement does more." "Nine-tenths of education is encouragement" is a quote from Anatole France, according to Brainy Quote. Katharine Butler Hathaway said "There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German playwright, poet and novelist who lived during the latter half of the 18th and first third of the 19th centuries, notes Biography. He was associated with the Sturm and Drang movement, aspects of which were resistance to social conformity and the exploration of emotion, says Blackwell. His comment may reflect this connection, as encouragement seems to be a less rigid and freer form of promoting development than does correction.
Anatole France assigns almost exclusive importance to encouragement over other elements with respect to education. He was a French author, philosopher and literary critic whose work earned him a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921, according to Biography.
American writer Katharine Butler Hathaway's personal medical struggles may well have engendered in part her enthusiasm for a friend's encouragement. Stricken with spinal tuberculosis during childhood, she was required to remain on her back for a period of ten years, says Harvard University Library. Katharine Butler Hathaway wrote poems, children's stories and autobiographical works.