Quotes on Education

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Details

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Study men, not historians. Harry Truman Quote Details

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The better part of every man's education is that which he gives himself. James Russell Lowell Quote Details

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men. Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote Details

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There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. Will Rogers Quote Details

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Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. Will Rogers Quote Details

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A man learns by two things. One is reading. The other is association with smarter people. Will Rogers Quote Details

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St. Thomas Aquinas warned teachers they must never dig a ditch in front of a student that they failed to fill in. To raise doubts and to ever seek and never find is to be in opposition to education and progress. To discuss freely all sides of all questions without values is to ensure the creation of a generation of uninformed and talkative minds. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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In America we created at the local level and administered at the local level for many years the greatest public school system in the world. Now through something called federal aid to education, we have something called federal interference, and education has been the loser. Quality has declined as federal intervention has increased. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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Don't let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action. Jim Rohn Quote Details

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Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous. Confucius Quote Details

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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan Quote Details

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I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. Galileo Galilei Quote Details

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Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcom Forbes Quote Details

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle Quote Details

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Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. Thomas Huxley Quote Details

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You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people's experience when you can. Warren Buffett Quote Details

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The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving. Russell Green Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather Quote Details

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Experience teaches only the teachable. Aldous Huxley Quote Details

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The ascending spiral of greatness in America has risen because industry has produced wealth, which in turn has supported educational institutions, which in turn have supplied leadership to industry in order that with each succeeding generation it might produce more wealth. Wallace Bennett Quote Details

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Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead, for vain regretting interferes with the flow of power into our own personalities. Edith Johnson Quote Details

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What we become depends on what we read after all the professors are finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books. Thomas Carlyle Quote Details

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford Quote Details

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The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. Lord Chesterfield Quote Details

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The ability for self-government is arrived at only through an extensive training and education. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli Quote Details

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It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form correct judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. James Thurber Quote Details

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Nature imitates itself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Blaise Pascal Quote Details

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An expert is a man who knows just that much more about his subject than his associates. Most of us are nearer the top than we think. We fail to realize how easy it is, how necessary it is to learn that fraction more. William Hutchin Quote Details

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Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. Henry Brougham Quote Details

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In any given society, the authority of man over man runs in inverse proportion to the intellectual development of that society. Pierre Proudhon Quote Details

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If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. Jim Rohn Quote Details

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The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it. Aristotle Quote Details

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Education is important, but dedication is even more important. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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Education covers a lot of ground, but it won't cultivate any of it. Anonymous Quote Details

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Education is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get when you don't. Arthur Levitt Quote Details

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If you're not learning while you're earning, you're cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The unlearned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer Quote Details

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Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated. Robert Savage Quote Details

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison Quote Details

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Training is expensive, but stupid employees are more expensive. Larry Winget Quote Details

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Every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later... Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property and mind in its clutches from infancy. ... A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state. Isabel Paterson Quote Details

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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects something it cannot be. Thomas Jefferson Quote Details

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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Derek Bok Quote Details

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Rules for Being Human:

1) You will learn lessons.

2) There are no mistakes - only lessons.

3) A lesson is repeated until it is learned.

4) If you don't learn the easy lessons, they get harder. (Pain is one way the universe gets your attention.)

5) You'll know you've learned a lesson when your actions change.
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Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn Quote Details

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General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money. The faculties of the great universities possess, in the aggregate, practically every form of general knowledge known to civilization. Most of the professors have but little money. They specialize on teaching knowledge, but they do not specialize on the organization, or the use of knowledge. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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I believe effective leaders are, first and foremost, good teachers. John Wooden Quote Details

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A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. George Santayana Quote Details

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It is no profit to have learned well if you neglect to do well. Publilius Syrus Quote Details

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A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Ann Radcliffe Quote Details

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The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more. Charlie Munger Quote Details

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To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other. Alexandre Dumas Quote Details

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

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Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. Albert Einstein Quote Details

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

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Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can. William Arthur Ward Quote Details

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Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding. Ezra Pound Quote Details

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Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious. Friedrich Nietzsche Quote Details

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The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. Paul Johnson Quote Details

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School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. Ivan Illich Quote Details

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What's the difference between a bright, inquisitive five-year-old, and a dull, stupid nineteen-year-old? Fourteen years of the British educational system. Bertrand Russell Quote Details

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School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course. John Gatto Quote Details

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The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else. H. L. Mencken Quote Details

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If it would be wrong for the government to adopt an official religion, then, for the same reasons, it would be wrong for the government to adopt official education policies. The moral case for freedom of religion stands or falls with that for freedom of education. A society that champions freedom of religion but at the same time countenances state regulation of education has a great deal of explaining to do. James Otteson Quote Details

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The measure of a man's education is that he takes pleasure in the exercise of his mind. Jacques Barzun Quote Details

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Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russell Quote Details

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Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy - these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. John Gatto Quote Details

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All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. Walter Scott Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state. Max Belz Quote Details

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When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of schoolchildren. Albert Shanker Quote Details

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It is not unusual for American students to find their textbooks telling them that injustice was everywhere before the federal government, motivated by nothing but a deep commitment to the public good, intervened to save them from the wickedness of the free market. Alleged "monopolies" dictated prices to hapless consumers. Laborers were forced to accept ever-lower wages. And thanks to their superior economic position, giant corporations effortlessly parried the attempts of anyone foolish enough to try to compete with them.

Every single aspect of this story is false, though of course this version of our history continues to be peddled and believed. I don't blame people for believing it - it's the only rendition of events they're ever told, unless by some fluke they have learned where to look for the truth. But there is an agenda behind this silly comic-book version of history: to make people terrified of the "unfettered" free market, and to condition them to accept the ever-growing burdens that the political class imposes on the private sector as an unchangeable aspect of life that exists for their own good.
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I've sometimes wondered why those who would never dream of forcibly taking people's money to pay to support a religious belief they do not share have no hesitation at all in taking their money to support an educational philosophy they do not share. Ron Paul Quote Details

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You are what you learn. Scott Adams Quote Details

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Acquire worldly wisdom and adjust your behavior accordingly. If your new behavior gives you a little temporary unpopularity with your peer group then to hell with them. Charlie Munger Quote Details

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In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time - none, zero. Charlie Munger Quote Details

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Officially the purpose of schools is to teach kids. In fact their primary purpose is to keep kids locked up in one place for a big chunk of the day so adults can get things done. Paul Graham Quote Details

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You'll find that education's about the only thing lying around loose in this world, and that it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away. Everything else is screwed down tight and the screw-driver lost. George Horace Lorimer Quote Details

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The most important factor in the training of good mental habits consists in acquiring the attitude of suspended conclusion, and in mastering the various methods of searching for new materials to corroborate or to refute the first suggestions that occur. John Dewey Quote Details

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For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle Quote Details

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If your attitude is that only smarter people have something to teach you, your learning opportunities will be very limited. But if you have a humble eagerness to learn something from everybody, your learning opportunities will be unlimited. Clayton Christensen Quote Details

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To want to know more than is sufficient is a form of intemperance. Apart from which this kind of obsession with the liberal arts turns people into pedantic, irritating, tactless, self-satisfied bores, not learning what they need simply because they spend their time learning things they will never need. Seneca Quote Details

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It costs a person an enormous amount of time (and other people's ears an enormous amount of boredom) before he earns such compliments as 'What a learned person!' Let's be content with the much less fashionable label, 'What a good man!' Seneca Quote Details

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The first thing that any education ought to give a man is character, and the second thing is education. That is where I'm a little skittish about this college business. I'm not starting in to preach to you, because I know a young fellow with the right sort of stuff in him preaches to himself harder than any one else can, and that he's mighty often switched off the right path by having it pointed out to him in the wrong way. George Horace Lorimer Quote Details

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Some men learn all they know from books; others from life; both kinds are narrow. The first are all theory; the second are all practice. It's the fellow who knows enough about practice to test his theories for blow-holes that gives the world a shove ahead, and finds a fair margin of profit in shoving it. George Horace Lorimer Quote Details

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The precise learning of basic ideas provides a springboard for the learning of more complex ideas. Jerry P. King Quote Details

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The school system, custodian of print culture, has no place for the rugged individual. It is, indeed, the homogenizing hopper into which we toss our integral tots for processing. Marshall McLuhan Quote Details

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I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Anne Sullivan Quote Details

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What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook Henry David Thoreau Quote Details

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It's easy to feel trapped in your own life. Circumstances can sometimes feel as if they form a jail around you. But there's almost nothing you can't learn your way out of. If you don't like who you are, you have the option of learning until you become someone else. Life is like a jail with an unlocked, heavy door. You're free the minute you realize the door will open if you simply lean into it. Scott Adams Quote Details

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A book should be only an assistance to a good teacher, and not a dictator. Richard Feynman Quote Details

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Reality is a great teacher, and if you teach children to learn from reality, its lessons will continue through their whole lives. Kevin Leman Quote Details

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An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. Anatole France Quote Details

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Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. Mark Twain Quote Details

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I believe that our society's "mistakephobia" is crippling, a problem that begins in most elementary schools, where we learn to learn what we are taught rather than to form our own goals and to figure out how to achieve them. We are fed with facts and tested and those who make the fewest mistakes are considered to be the smart ones, so we learn that it is embarrassing to not know and to make mistakes. Our education system spends virtually no time on how to learn from mistakes, yet this is critical to real learning. As a result, school typically doesn't prepare young people for real life — unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others. In my opinion, that's why so many students who succeed in school fail in life. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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I learned that everyone makes mistakes and has weaknesses and that one of the most important things that differentiates people is their approach to handling them. I learned that there is an incredible beauty to mistakes, because embedded in each mistake is a puzzle, and a gem that I could get if I solved it, i.e. a principle that I could use to reduce my mistakes in the future. I learned that each mistake was probably a reflection of something that I was (or others were) doing wrong, so if I could figure out what that was, I could learn how to be more effective. I learned that wrestling with my problems, mistakes, and weaknesses was the training that strengthened me. Also, I learned that it was the pain of this wrestling that made me and those around me appreciate our successes. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. Sydney Smith Quote Details

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A good stack of examples, as large as possible, is indispensable for a thorough understanding of any concept, and when I want to learn something new, I make it my first job to build one. Paul Halmos Quote Details

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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams Quote Details

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[E]very time you wonder how to do something, a few hundred million people have probably wondered the same thing. And that usually means the information has already been packaged and simplified, and in some cases sold. But it's usually free for the asking. Scott Adams Quote Details

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Education and psychological bravery are somewhat interchangeable. If you don't have much of one, you can compensate with a lot of the other. When you see a successful person who lacks a college education, you're usually looking at someone with an unusual lack of fear. Scott Adams Quote Details

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Happiness is not the whole aim of education. A man must be independent in his powers and character; able to work and assert his mastery over all that depends on him. Maria Montessori Quote Details

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School has never been about thinking and creating. School is about training children to perform so that they can be sorted. Paul Lockhart Quote Details

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People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed. Samuel Johnson Quote Details

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