Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207–73) Persian Muslim Mystic
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
We embark unhesitatingly on the path, in a direction that is absolutely right and urgent, supported by everyone, in the knowledge that this path is but a learning process.
—Yehudi Menuhin (1916–99) American-born British Violinist, Conductor
If I am through learning, I am through.
—John Wooden (1910–2010) American Sportsperson
Never seem wiser or more learned than the company you are with. Treat you learning like a watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
—Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773) English Statesman, Man of Letters
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
Hasty conclusions are the mark of a fool; a wise man doubteth; a fool rageth and is confident; the novice saith, “I am sure that it is so” the better learned answers, “Peradventure, it may be so; but, I pray thee, inquire.” It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily. Experience and humility teach modesty and fear.
The secret of culture is to learn, that a few great points steadily reappear, alike in the poverty of the obscurest farm, and in the miscellany of metropolitan life, and that these few are alone to be regarded,—the escape from all false ties; courage to be what we are; and love of what is simple and beautiful; independence, and cheerful relation, these are the essentials,—these, and the wish to serve,—to add somewhat to the well-being of men.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating.
You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.
—Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–73) American Head of State, Political leader
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
—Plato (428 BCE–347 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Educator
Childhood’s learning is made up of moments. It isn’t steady. It’s a pulse.
—Eudora Welty (1909–2001) American Short Story Writer, Novelist
Never learn to do anything. If you don’t learn, you will always find someone else to do it for you.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
—David Viscott (1938–96) American Psychiatrist, Author, Businessperson
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) French Theologian, Musician, Philosopher, Physician
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way.
—Carlos Castaneda (1925–98) Peruvian-born American Anthropologist, Author
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
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
—Elon Musk (b.1971) American Entrepreneur, Business Executive
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
—Muhammad Ali (1942–2016) American Sportsperson
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
—John W. Gardner (1912–2002) American Activist
Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.
—Tony Buzan (1942–2019) British Writer, Educational Consultant
He that wants good sense is unhappy in having learning, for he has thereby only more ways of exposing himself; and he that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.
—Richard Steele (1672–1729) Irish Writer, Politician
He who always seeks more light the more he finds, and finds more the more he seeks, is one of the few happy mortals who take and give in every point of time. The tide and ebb of giving and receiving is the sum of human happiness, which he alone enjoys who always wishes to acquire new knowledge, and always finds it.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741–1801) Swiss Theologian, Poet
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 (1928–2016) American Writer, Futurist
In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.
—Epicurus (c.341–270 BCE) Greek Philosopher
It is always in season for old men to learn.
—Aeschylus (525–456 BCE) Greek Playwright
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; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
—Thomas Szasz (1920–2012) Hungarian-American Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
Men of sense often learn from their enemies.—It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war; and this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
—Aristophanes (447–386 BCE) Greek Comic Playwright