Wise Words on Learning

“Shaping Our Life On His Answers”
Lord, those are your best servants who wish to shape their life on your answers rather than shape your answers on their wishes.
St. Augustine

"Extract The Net Meanings"
To reflect is to look back over what has been done so as to extract the net meanings which are the capital stock of intelligent dealing with further experiences.
John Dewey

"You Are What You Read"
Your library is your portrait.
Holbrook Jackson

"One Sure Window"
One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list.
Mary B.W. Tabor

"Generating Ideas"
Knowing a lot ... is a springboard to creativity.
Charlie Rose

"How To Make It Stick"
I tell you and you forget. I show you and you remember. I involve you and you understand.

"Breaking Up The Ice"
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Franz Kafka

"We Often Become What We Read"
It is certain that I cannot always distinguish my own thoughts from those I read, because what I read becomes the very substance of text of my mind.
Helen Keller

"Why Good Foundations Are Imperative"
To enable it to do its work naturally, every new idea must be in some way embedded in what is old.
Albert Schweitzer

"Read Important Books"
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Benjamin Disraeli

"Learn The Easy Way"
Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Minna Antrim

“Think Well”
As nothing is more easy than to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well
Thomas Traherne

"Chart Your Course"
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
Joseph Joubert

"Give To Your Future Generously"
The present is the past's student and the future's teacher...Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
Anonymous/Albert Camus

"The Goal of True Education"
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

"Brooding And Light Bulbs"
Ideas come when we do not expect them, and not when we are brooding and searching at our desks. Yet ideas would certainly not come to mind had we not brooded at our desks and searched for answers with passionate devotion.
Max Weber

"Time Together And Apart"
Company broadens the mind, solitude deepens it.

"Be Ignorant"
You can never know too little of what is not worth knowing at all.

"Willing Blindness"
Ignorance, when it is voluntary, is criminal.
Samuel Johnson

"Do The Math"
Mathematics is, I believe, the chief source of the belief in eternal and exact truth, as well as in a super-sensible intelligible world.
Bertrand Russell

"Education: Not Always The Solution
Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge
Benjamin Franklin

"When You Care Enough To Send The Very Best"
The best aid to give is intellectual aid, a gift of useful knowledge. ...Nothing becomes truly "one's own" except on the basis of some genuine effort or sacrifice...The gift of material goods makes people dependent, but a gift of knowledge makes them free.
E.F. Schumacher

“Intelligence Minus Goodness Equals Catastrophe”
“Don’t let your intellectual pleasure exceed your fear of misusing it.”
Guigo I

"Why Sometimes Quote Those Less Than Noble?"
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Stephen Hunt

"Spare Yourself The Second Kick"
There's no educational value in the second kick of a mule.
American Saying

"Because It's Easily Fixable"
Being ignorant is not so much a Shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin

"The Whole of You, Brains And All"
God is not fond of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.
C.S. Lewis

“With all your mind”
“I think the Christian life is by faith in order that it be by engagement of “all your mind” (Romans 14:5b). How would you like it if your husband gave you his body and paycheck but showed no interest in getting to know you? God wants your mind [even] more than your tithe.”
Andree Seu

"Ideas Personified"
Men become susceptible to ideas, not by discussion and argument, but by seeing them personified and by loving the person who so embodies them.
Lewis Mumford

"Eliminating The Foundation = Architectural Destruction
My brother, who lived in France for a quarter century, once told me there is a fancy school for future diplomats in the Paris area where a survey produced the results that many students could not name the three Persons of the Trinity (Joseph, Mary, Jesus?)...I do find it passing strange—and not a little significant—that in the quest to produce well-educated graduates of fine universities, our educators have eliminated from consideration the one book that, more than any other, created Western Civilization.
Andree Seu

"Think For Yourself"
All you learn and all you can read will be of little use if you do not think and reason upon it yourself. One reads to know other people's thoughts; but if we take them upon trust, without examining and comparing them with our own, it is really living upon other people's scraps or retailing other people's goods. To know the thoughts of others is of use because it suggests thoughts to oneself and helps one to form a judgment, but to repeat other people's thoughts without considering whether they are right or wrong is the talent only of a parrot or at most a player.
Lord Chesterfield

"Facts Must Be Properly Contextualized"
Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones a house.
Henri Poincare

"Beware of Vice And Folly Hotbeds"
Schools, as they are now regulated, are the hotbeds of vice and folly, and the knowledge of human nature, supposed to be attained there, merely cunning selfishness.
Mary Wollstonecraft

“Break up The Ice”
A book should be an ax for the Frozen sea inside of you.
Franz Kafka

“A Book’s Intimate Relation To Trees”
There remains an element of magic in the act of reading, something we too easily forget. Words on a page don't simply describe; they have a capacity to create. Written texts possess an unpredictable, loopy magic of their own, says Abram, " a capacity for metamorphosis ". Their meanings shift depending on the context in which we read and reread them. This is especially true with outdoor reading. Books haven't forgotten their intimate relation to trees, after all. They're still commonly made of paper. We speak of a book as having "leaves " and a small book as a "leaflet". an avid reader is a "bookworm" one who "branches out" into various areas of study. An idea "takes root" within us. Some of us have wonderful childhood memories of reading a book and a tree we had climbed, the tree participating with us in the magic of the text.
Belden Lane Quoting Abram.

Ideas can be like rock wall climbing with hand holds to hold on to or push off from.

“Think About The Truth”
We tend to hurt our ability to learn by obsessing on false dilemmas.
Brendon Burchard

“Be Stable, But Flexible”
...you’re stable enough to be secure, but flexible enough to transform. There, you’re allowing new information to inform you—to permeate your stability, to repair and improve its structure, and expand its domain.
Jordan Peterson