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Gizmotude Quotation Archives



The purpose of all higher education is to make men aware of what was and what is; to incite them to probe into what may be. It seeks to teach them to understand, to evaluate, to communicate. ~~ Otto Kleppner

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson. ~~ Vernon Law

The basic problem is that our civilization, which is a civilization of machines, can teach man everything except how to be a man. ~~ Andre Malraux

One thing life taught me:  if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests.  They come to you.  When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. ~~ Eleanor Roosevelt

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. ~~ Theodore Roosevelt

In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a nonworld. ~~ Peter Drucker

Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man's lifetime income -- which he then spends sending his son to college. ~~ Bill Vaughn

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~~ Clay P. Bedford

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

Leave well -- even "pretty well" -- alone: that is what I learn as I get old. ~~ Edward Fitzgerald

Kiss the hand of him who can renounce what he has publicly taught, when convicted of his error; and who, with heartfelt joy, embraces the truth, though with the sacrifice of favorite opinions. ~~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

I must say the biggest lesson you can learn in life, or teach your children, is that life is not castles in the skies, happily ever after. The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth. ~~ Goldie Hawn

Educate the heart -- educate the heart. Let us have good men. ~~ Hiram Powers

Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him. ~~ Geoffrey Holder

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. ~~ John Lubbock

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. ~~ Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart. ~~ Sir Walter Scott

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. ~~ Aldous Huxley

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon. ~~ Alexander Pope

Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned -- not to see what is not. ~~ Maria Mitchell

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~~ Abbe Dimnet

The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man. ~~ C. Wright Mills

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of the educated man. ~~ Norman Cousins

I don't think you have to teach people how to be human. I think you have to teach them how to stop being inhumane. ~~ Eldridge Cleaver

Language is living, kicking, growing, fluttering, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect its vibrant and protean qualities. ~~ John A. Rassias

It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days. ~~ Isabel Waxman

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just. ~~ Anita Brookner

I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound. ~~ Helen Keller

Travel is educational; it teaches you how to get rid of money in a hurry. ~~ S. Barry Lipkin

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about -- the more you have left when anything happens. ~~ Ethel Barrymore

… Those who can't teach, teach the teachers. Those who can't teach the teachers, get government grants. ~~ Peter's Almanac

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students. ~~ Hector Berlioz

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism. ~~ Louis A. Berman

The people who teach us that it is wrong to be skeptical are themselves the reasons that we should be skeptical. ~~ Donald G. Smith

Describing her first day back in grade school after a long absence, a teacher said, It was like trying to hold 35 corks under water at the same time. ~~ Mark Twain

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do to another. ~~ Benjamin Jowett

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~~ Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards -- the things we live by and teach our children -- are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. ~~ Walt Disney

I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people. ~~ Dan Quayle

The bulk of mankind are schoolboys through life. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. ~~ Edmund Burke

There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled. ~~ Baltasar Gracian

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education. ~~ Smiley Blanton

In youth we learn; in age we understand. ~~ Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Colleges don't make fools. They only develop them. ~~ George H. Lorimer

Basie: Jim, didn't I teach you anything?

Jim: Yes! You taught me that people will do anything for a potato. ~~ Empire of the Sun (1987 movie)

There is so much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated it keeps us in touch with ignorance of the community. ~~ Oscar Wilde

What I have been taught, I have forgotten; what I know, I have guessed. ~~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Hamlet is the tragedy of tackling a family problem too soon after college. ~~ Tom Masson

The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead. ~~ George Savile, Marquis of Halifax

Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher. ~~ German proverb

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. ~~ Plato

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men. ~~ Samuel Johnson

By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well. ~~ Eleanor Marx

He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop. ~~ Sydney Smith

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

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. ~~ Margaret Mead

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before … He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. ~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~~ Confucius

Do not think that your Learning and Genius, your Wit or Sprightliness, are welcome everywhere. I was once told that my Company was disagreeable because I appeared so uncommonly happy. ~~ Johann Georg von Zimmerman

All men should strive to learn before they die

What they are running from, and to, and why. ~~ James Thurber

If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must learn how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, values, and fantasies on everyday life. ~~ Eric Hoffer

As long as you live, keep learning how to live. ~~ Seneca

What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn. ~~ Henry Brooks Adams

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.

I learn by going where I have to go. ~~ Theodore Roethke

It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts. ~~ Kin Hubbard

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. ~~ Cicero

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. ~~ Doris Lessing

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. ~~ John McEnroe

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. ~~ Martina Horner

It takes ten pounds of common sense to carry one pound of learning. ~~ Persian proverb

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. ~~ Jaren Sparks

Nothing said to us, nothing we can learn from others, reaches us so deep as that which we find in ourselves. ~~ Theodore Reik

Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately homes or products of mill or field are our country? It is the splendid thought that is in our minds. ~~ Benjamin Harrison (See Said Who)

Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. ~~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

People learn something every day, and a lot of times it's that what they learned the day before was wrong. ~~ Bill Vaughn

More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind. ~~ Eric Butterworth

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

My class, you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor words and language. No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. ~~ Dead Poets Society (film, 1989)

I think the world is run by C students. ~~ Al McGuire