Learning Quotes

Quotes

  • Thought without learning is perilous.
    o Confucius, [1]

  • “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did?’ Don’t do that.'” ~Douglas Adams
  • “A samurai once asked Zen Master Hakuin where he would go after he died. Hakuin answered ‘How am I supposed to know?’

    ‘How do you know? You’re a Zen master!’ exclaimed the samurai.
    ‘Yes, but not a dead one,’ Hakuin answered.” ~Zen mondo

  • “At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don’t understand, you are closer to understanding it than at any other time.” ~Jane Wagner
  • “Education that consists in learning things and not the meaning of them is feeding upon the husks and not the corn.” ~Mark Twain
  • “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” ~Jack Kornfield
  • “First, master your instrument. Then forget all that #
  • $&%& and play!” ~Charlie Parker
  • “For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty who don’t want to learn – much.” ~W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
  • “I am still learning.” ~Michelangelo’s motto
  • “I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.” ~Agatha Christie
  • “I’ve known joy and sorrow, gladness in achieving a dream and the frustration that comes with failure. I’ve known what it is to feel like the world is falling around you and what it is to feel as though nothing could ever go wrong. I’ve known all these things and, while I’ve learned much from these experiences, I still haven’t learned all that I can about them.” -A. Curry
  • “If an angel were to tell us something of his philosophies, I do believe some of his propositions would sound like 2 x 2 = 13.” ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  • “If you don’t crack the shell, you can’t eat the nut.” ~Persian Proverb
  • “It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper understanding.” ~Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
  • “It is never too late to study, but it may be too late to learn.” ~Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • “It is the prowess of scholars that meetings bring delight and departures leave memories.” ~ Tiruvalluvar, Tirukkural: 394
  • “It is wisdom that is seeking for wisdom.” ~Shunryu Suzuki
  • “It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.” ~Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)
  • “Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~Abigail Adams, 1780
  • “My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
  • “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)
  • “School teaches us how to live life without knowledge.” ~Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • “Sure, you might learn something new every day… but you’ll never remember it all.” ~Keelan Rantanen
  • “The adventure of knowledge is just as important as the knowledge of adventure.” ~Delvin Lee
  • “The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.” ~Leo Tolstoy
  • “The most important thing any teacher has to learn, not to be learned in any school of education I ever heard of, can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” ~John Holt, in ‘Growing Without Schooling’ magazine #40
  • “The secret waits for eyes unclouded by longing.” ~Tao Te Ching
  • “The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.” ~Zen saying
  • “The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it.” ~Bayazid Bistami
  • “To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.” ~José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955)
  • “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” ~Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “Why does one stop learning till he dies when it makes all lands and place his?” ~ Tiruvalluvar, Tirukkural: 397
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