I find four great classes of students: The dumb who stay dumb. The dumb who become wise. The wise who go dumb. The wise who remain wise.
—Martin H. Fischer
This is an age of intellectual sauces, of essence, of distillation. We have “conclusions” without deductions, “abridgments of history” and “abridgments of science” without leading facts. We have “animals” for literature, “Cabinet” Encyclopedias, “Family” Libraries, “Diffusion” Societies, and heaven knows what else! What is all this for? Not to add knowledge to the learned, but to tell points to the ignorant, without giving them the trouble to acquire the links. Oh! it is sad work. And the result will be injurious to all classes.
—Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846) English Painter, Writer
You’ll likely learn more of enduring value from an hour of wise googling than from any course.
—Marty Nemko (b.1950) American Career Coach, Author
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) Indian Hindu Political leader
Unlearned men of books are like the eunuchs who are guardians of the beautiful.
—Owen D. Young (1874–1962) American Businessperson, Lawyer, Diplomat
Learning passes for wisdom among those who want both.
Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
Much learning does not teach understanding.
—Heraclitus (535BCE–475BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher
He who learns, and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of burden with a load of books. — Does the ass comprehend whether he carries on his back a library or a bundle of faggots?
—Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din) (1184–1283) Persian Poet
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
—Rene Descartes (1596–1650)
The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) English Poet, Dramatist, Essayist, Novelist
Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.
—Isaac Watts (1674–1748) English Hymn writer
Learning by study must be won; ’twas, ne’er entailed from sire to son.
—John Gay (1685–1732) English Poet, Dramatist
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
—Abigail Adams (1744–1818) American First Lady
Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way.
—Carlos Castaneda (1925–98) Peruvian-born American Anthropologist, Author
If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.
—Russell Hoban (1925–2011) American Children’s Books Writer, Novelist, Writer
Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.
—S. J. Perelman (1904–79) American Humorist, Author, Screenwriter
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
—Carl Rowan (1925–2000) American Public Servant, Journalist, Author, Columnist
People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.
—Burton Hillis (William E. Vaughan) (1915–77) American Columnist, Author
People are constantly clamoring for the joy of life. As for me, I find the joy of life in the hard and cruel battle of life — to learn something is a joy to me.
—August Strindberg (1849–1912) Swedish Playwright, Novelist, Essayist
What you think about when you don’t have to think, shows what you really are.
—David O. McKay (1873–1970) American Mormon Religious Leader
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
—Alexander Pope (1688–1744) English Poet
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
—Mortimer J. Adler (1902–2001) American Philosopher, Educator, Author
The number one goal of teachers should be to help students learn how to learn.
—Randy Pausch (1960–2008) American Academic, Author
Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning.
—Gary Ryan Blair
Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
—Daniel J. Boorstin (1914–2004) American Historian, Academic, Attorney, Writer
No, a fool learns from experience. A wise man learns from the experience of others.
—Otto von Bismarck (1815–98) Prussian-German Political leader, Nationalist
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
—The 14th Dalai Lama (b.1935) Tibetan Buddhist Religious Leader, Civil Rights Leader, Philosopher, Author
Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.
—Earl of Chesterfield
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
—B. F. Skinner (1904–90) American Psychologist, Social Philosopher, Inventor, Author
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
We must expect to fail… but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.
—Ted Engstrom (1916–2006) American Christian Religious Leader
Childhood’s learning is made up of moments. It isn’t steady. It’s a pulse.
—Eudora Welty (1909–2001) American Short Story Writer, Novelist
It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.
—John Ruskin (1819–1900) English Art Critic, Social Thinker