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Big Dog's Learning Quotes

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

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

Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough we must do. - Goethe

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

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

Learning is not a spectator sport. - Chickering and Gamson

For learning to take place with any kind of efficiency students must be motivated. To be motivated, they must become interested. And they become interested when they are actively working on projects which they can relate to their values and goals in life. - Gus Tuberville, President, William Penn College

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

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained. - Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (b. 1926). Television documentary, BBC1, 6 Feb. 1992.

I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. - Henry David Thoreau

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

The teacher if he is indeed wise does not teach bid you to enter the house of wisdom but leads you to the threshold of your own mind. - Kahlil Gilbran, Lebanese symbolist poet and painter

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event. - Edward Gibbon “Memoirs of my Life“ (1796)

Retention is best when the learner is involved. - Edward Scannell, director, University Conference Bureau, Arizona

Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him. - Oscar Wilde, “Lord Fermor, in The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1891)

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. - Mark Twain “Pudd'nhead Wilson”

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

Common-sense is part of the home-made ideology of those who have been deprived of fundamental learning, of those who have been kept ignorant. This ideology is compounded from different sources: items that have survived from religion, items of empirical knowledge, items of protective skepticism, items culled for comfort from the superficial learning that is supplied. But the point is that common-sense can never teach itself, can never advance beyond its own limits, for as soon as the lack of fundamental learning has been made good, all items become questionable and the whole function of common-sense is destroyed. Common-sense can only exist as a category insofar as it can be distinguished from the spirit of enquiry, from philosophy. - John Berger, British author, critic.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust, French novelist

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires - William Arthur Ward

The biggest enemy to learning is the talking teacher. - John Holt

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. - B. F. Skinner

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. - Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying

Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.
- Edward Young

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. - Octavio Paz

The road to wisdom?-Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.
- Piet Hein, Danish inventor and poet.

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.

Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance. But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing. Some study with a natural ease, some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort. But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing. - Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

When you know something, say what you know. When you don't know something, say that you don't know. That is knowledge. - Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.
- Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul. - Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British novelist. The Journals of Arnold Bennett (1932), entry for 18 March 1897.

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. . . . If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. - Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People's Republic of China. Speech, July 1937, Yenan, China.

Knowledge is and will be produced in order to be sold, it is and will be consumed in order to be valorized in a new production: in both cases, the goal is exchange. Knowledge ceases to be an end in itself, it loses its use-value. - Jean François Lyotard (b. 1924), French philosopher. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Introduction (1979).

Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major-perhaps the major-stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor. - Jean François Lyotard (b. 1924), French philosopher. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Introduction (1979).

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught. - Luc Vauvenargues, Marquis de (1715-47), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 479 (1746).

Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is intellectual death. - Confucius (551-479 B.C.)

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. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 71 (tr. by T. C. Lau, 1963).

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. - Mark Van Doren, poet

The most important part of teaching = to teach what it is to know. - Simone Weil (1909-43), French philosopher, mystic. London Notebook (written 1943, published 1950; repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 4, ed. by Richard Rees, 1970).

It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-81), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime (1882; tr. by Mrs. Humphry Ward, 1892), entry for 27 Oct. 1853.

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

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 (b. 1925), U.S. author. - Jachin-Boaz, in The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, ch. 1 (1973).

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

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. - Arthur C. Clarke

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done. - Rudolph Flesch

In the outskirts of Dubuque, on the farm, when I was growing up - back there, back then - I learned, with all the pigs and chickens and the endless sameness everywhere you looked, or thought, back there I learned - though I doubt I knew I was learning it - that all the values were relative save one...“Who am I?” All the rest is semantics - liberty, dignity, possession. There's only one that matters: “Who am I?” - Elizabeth, in The Lady from Dubuque, a play by Edward Albee

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. - Dudley Field Malone

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