Quotes About Learning

Most popular learning quotes

Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn.

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.

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Know the big ideas in the big disciplines and use them routinely—all of them, not just a few.


I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up, and boy, does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.


Today is yesterday's pupil.

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You are never too old to learn.

age proverbs

A little learning is a dangerous thing.
They know enough who know how to learn.
Every wise man lives in an observatory.


What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.
— Danish proverb

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Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.
Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age.
The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.
In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

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Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.


I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
The man of learning without imagination has feet but no wings.


Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey's back.
Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.


Learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.


It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something.
Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.


Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
When we make children afraid we stop their learning dead in its tracks.

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Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.


One can learn, at least.  One can go on learning until the day one is cut off.
Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.


The three pillars of learning; seeing much, suffering much, and studying much.


There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Learning without thinking is time wasted; Thinking without learning is dangerous.


The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

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To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardour and diligence.
You have learnt something.  That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
Bad times have a scientific value.  These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Before you can learn to fly, you must first learn to walk. You cannot fly into flying.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

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Be open to learning new lessons even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

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Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.

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Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.


The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old.
A good deal of education consists in un-learning—the breaking of bad habits as with a tennis serve.


Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.


Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we re-create ourselves.
I'd never try to learn from someone I didn't envy at least a little. If I never envied, I'd never learn.


If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure—all your life.  It's as simple as that.

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The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.

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Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.

for teachers

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.


We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

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The finest fruit of serious learning should be the ability to speak the word God without reserve or embarrassment.

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Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education because that would mean we had stopped growing.


Even at ninety-two, my desire is to learn to be content. We should never get too old to learn or too old to smile !

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Remember that the secret of all learning is patience and that curiosity is not the same thing as a thirst for knowledge.
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not merely pull it out, and strike it, merely to show you have one.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.  The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.


I like to have a man's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves. I like a man who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.


I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.


All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?

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I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full.  When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
What we learn most deeply is usually what we do not know we are learning at all. Years later, if we are lucky, we recognize the shape of what we have learned, its true anatomy.
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power!  We reach forth and strain every nerve, but we seize only a bit of the curtain that hides the infinite from us.
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 editions of them.
Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.

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Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning, and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and, lastly, his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.
Warren is one of the best learning machines on this earth. . . . Warren's investing skills have markedly increased since he turned 65. Having watched the whole process with Warren, I can report that if he had stopped with what he knew at earlier points, the record would be a pale shadow of what it is.


Children don't need to be taught how to learn; they are born learners. They come out of the womb interacting with and exploring their surroundings. Babies are active learners, their burning curiosity motivating them to learn how the world works. And if they are given a safe, supportive environment, they will continue to learn hungrily and naturally – in the manner and at the speed that suits them best.