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Timothy LearyWe are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

AristotleThe roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Steve JobsStay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

     (ending comment in the Stanford Commencement in 2005)

Bill GatesYour most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

SocratesIf we are to use women for the same things as the men, we must also teach them the same things.

—  Socrates, 469-399 BC, Ancient Geek Philosopher

Mahatma GandhiLive as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Benjamin FranklinThat which hurts, also instructs.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Pablo PicassoI am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Winston ChurchillPersonally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Benjamin DisraeliSeeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

George Bernard ShawWe learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Ferdinand FochIt takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general.

—  Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French field marshal

George Bernard ShawA learned man is an idler who kills time by study.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawImitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery; it's the sincerest form of learning.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawThe only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawYou have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Benjamin FranklinGenius without education is like silver in the mine.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Albert EinsteinThe value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Mark TwainAnyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Mark TwainI have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonIn my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KennedyThis country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

John KennedyThe goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

John KennedyLeadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Benjamin DisraeliA great thing is a great book; but a greater thing than all is the talk of a great man.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Benjamin DisraeliThe best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Ernest HemingwayWe are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't waste time learning the “tricks of the trade.” Instead, learn the trade.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Victor HugoHe who opens a school door, closes a prison.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Will DurantSixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantEducation is the transmission of civilization.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Alfred North WhiteheadEducation is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

George SantayanaA child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

George SantayanaThe wisest mind has something yet to learn.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Isaac AsimovSelf-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Isaac AsimovPeople think of education as something they can finish.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Isaac AsimovThe day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Jim RohnFormal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Peter DruckerThroughout the ages to be educated meant to be unproductive.... our word “school” - and its equivalent in all European languages - derives from a Greek word meaning “leisure.”

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Karl KrausEducation is what most people receive, many pass on, and few have.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausA great deal of learning can be packed into an empty head.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Lyndon JohnsonPoverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Dwight EisenhowerAlways try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Harry TrumanThe only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Zig ZiglarIf you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzI never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

John WoodenIt's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Franklin RooseveltDemocracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Marcel ProustPeople wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Henry FordAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Arthur ClarkeIn my life I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving. Nothing else - not fame, not power, not achievement for its own sake - can possible have the same lasting value.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Pablo PicassoIt took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Arthur ClarkeAny teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Stupid Quotes

George W. BushQuite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President


Ancient Greek

PlatoHomer has educated Greece.

Όμηρος την Ελλάδα επεπαιδεύκει.

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AntisthenesThe most necessary lesson is to unlearn all the wrong things.

Μαθημάτων αναγκαιότατον τα κακά απομαθείν.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

Alexander the GreatWe are indebted to our parents for living, but to our teachers for living well.

Στους γονείς οφείλομεν το ζην, στους δε διδασκάλους το ευ ζην.

—  Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, King of Macedon



English proverbYou can't teach an old dog new tricks.

—  English proverb

English proverbPractice makes perfect.

—  English proverb

Chinese proverbGive a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

—  Chinese proverb


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