repeat by rote

See: recite
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We are like children who repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors, and, as they grow older, of the men of talents and character they chance to see,--painfully recollecting the exact words they spoke; afterwards, when they come into the point of view which those had who uttered these sayings, they understand them and are willing to let the words go; for at any time they can use words as good when occasion comes.
Somewhere in the facts we repeat by rote in our instrument training is a bit saying that course reversals charted as racetracks or teardrops must be flown as charted.