John Dewey Quotes

Most popular John Dewey Quotes

We learn to do by doing.
— John Dewey
To me faith means not worrying.


No man's credit is as good as his money.
— John Dewey


Art is the most effective mode of communication that exists.


The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important.
— John Dewey

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
— John Dewey


Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

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If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow.
— John Dewey

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It is a familiar and significant saying that a problem well put is half-solved.


To be a recipient of a communication is to have an enlarged and changed experience.


As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.


The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

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The chief intellectual characteristic of the present age is its despair of any constructive philosophy.
— John Dewey
Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
— John Dewey


The measure of civilization is the degree in which the method of cooperative intelligence replaces the method of brute conflict.
— John Dewey
Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place.


Failure is not mere failure.  It is instructive.  The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.


Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry.
— John Dewey


I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends.
— John Dewey