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I think, therefore I am (Cogito, ergo sum.) - Descartes

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught. - Luc Vauvenargues, Marquis de (1715-47), French moralist

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think - Socrates

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.  ~Antisthenes

You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself. - Galileo Galilei

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. - Thomas Calyle, Scottish essayist and historian

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818), 1780
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Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough we must do. - Goethe

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb


That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC),

Learning without thought is labor lost.  ~Confucius

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. - Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Legendary Chinese philosopher.

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.  ~Chinese Proverb

'Don't just do something, stand there.' Zen saying

Learning is like rowing upstream:  not to advance is to drop back.  ~Chinese Proverb
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Learning is not a spectator sport. - D. Blocher

'There are two reasons why people learn one because someone said you can't and the other because someone said you can.' Howard Wilson Retired NZ Principal

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch -

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  ~Alvin Toffler

'Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we were never able to do.' Peter Senge

You need to have a passionate interest in why things are happening. That cast of mind, kept over long periods, gradually improves your ability to focus on reality. If you don’t have the cast of mind, you’re destined for failure even if you have a high I.Q.
Charles Miunger

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education - Mark Twain

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.  That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.  ~Thomas Szasz

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." - John Powell

'We don't have to make human beings smart. They are born smart. All we have to do is stop doing things that make them stupid.' John Holt

'To change your reality you have to change your inner thoughts.' David Bohm Physicist

'each individual brain is more like a unique and unimaginably dense rain forest, teeming with growth and decay. It is less like a programmed machine than an ecological habitat that mimics the evolution of life itself.' Prof Edleman Nobel Prize winner

'Smart people don't learn... because they have too much invested in proving what they know and avoiding being seen as not knowing.' Chris Agyris

'The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you are learning you're not old.' Rosalyn Sussman Yalow US Medical Physicist


I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.  ~Henry S. Haskins

It takes two to speak the truth,--one to speak, and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. - Albert Einstein

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.

Doris Lessing


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'Come to the edge', he said.
They said, 'We are afraid'
'Come to the edge', he said
They came
He pushed them... and they flew. Guillaume Apollinaire Poet

'The metaphor ( coaching) with sports is meant quite seriously... the coach stands back , observes the performance, and provides guidance. The coach applauds strengths, identifies weaknesses, points up principles, offers guiding and often inspiring imagery, and decides what kind of practice to emphasize.' David Perkins 'Smart Schools.'

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.  ~Alexander Pope

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.  ~Martin H. Fischer

'Learning to use your intuition is learning to be your own teacher. Vaughan

'Learning is a matter of intensity not elapsed time.' Tom Peters ,

'Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.' Douglas Adams, Author 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'

You have learned something.  That always feels at first as if you had lost something.  ~H.G. Wells

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

Your best teacher is your last mistake. Ralph Nader

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” Oscar Wilde

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)



What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, 2005


'You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more things you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about.' Ethyl Barrymore Actress


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.  ~Winston Churchill

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.  ~Lloyd Alexander

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.  ~Attributed to Harry S. Truman

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

- Gandhi

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  ~Henry Ford

It is not hard to learn more.  What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong.  ~Martin H. Fischer

What a relief it was to discover that I wasn’t really an idiot! I simply had a learning disability.
John H. Johnson

 “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.” Mark Twain

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The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.Mortimer Adler

The only kind of learning which significantly influences behavior is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning - truth that has been assimilated in experience. - Carl Rogers

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein

“The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Douglas Adams

'The first problem for all of us, men and woman, is not to learn, but to unlearn.' Gloria Steinem US Feminist

'Morpheus: 'I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one who must walk through it' The Matrix (Film)

have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive. Abraham Maslow -


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