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All men should strive to learn before they die
What they are running from, and to, and why. ~~ James Thurber


A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well. ~~ Dan Rather


If a person is to get the meaning of life he must learn to like the facts about himself--ugly as they may seem to his sentimental vanity--before he can learn the truth behind the facts. And the truth is never ugly. ~~ Eugene O'Neill


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


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


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


I'm learning how to listen to people instead of preaching at them. ~~ Joan Baez


The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our] government's statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them. ~~ Sen. J. William Fulbright


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


The most important thing in acting is honesty. Once you've learned to fake that, you're in. ~~ Samuel Goldwyn


A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some. ~~ Joe Moore


What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. ~~ Samuel Johnson


Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. ~~ William A. Ward


You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. ~~ Richard Bach


Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. ~~ Charles Kettering


If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse. ~~ Alvin Toffler


And everybody is in pain, but if you're learning something, your mind is diverted elsewhere. ~~ Sting


If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue. ~~ George Bush


The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of 50 you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth. ~~ Marya Mannes


Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. ~~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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


Learn to admire rightly; the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admired; they admired great things; narrow spirits admire basely, and worship meanly. ~~ William Makepeace Thackeray


Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited. ~~ Margaret Mead


Life can be one dreary day after another or a Baghdad of fascinating things to keep learning. Get more out of every phase of your life--stay incurably curious. ~~ L. Perry Wilbur


If by the time we are 60 we haven't learned what a knot of paradox and contradiction life is, and how exquisitely the good and bad are mingled in every action we take … we haven't grown old to much purpose. ~~ John Cowper Powys


Odd, the years it took to learn one simple fact: that the prize just ahead, the next job, publication, love affair, marriage always seemed to hold the key to satisfaction but never, in the longer run, sufficed. ~~ Amanda Cross [Carolyn Heilbrun]


Somehow we should learn to know that our problems are our most precious possessions. They are the raw materials of our salvation: no problem, no redemption. ~~ Laurens van der Post


Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life. ~~ Robert Byrne


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


You will stay young as long as you learn, form new habits, and don't mind being contradicted. ~~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


There are some things children cannot know, because once they learn them, they are no longer children. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant


If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


You just have to learn not to care about the dust mites under the beds. ~~ Margaret Mead


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


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


This we learn from Watergate
That almost any creep'll
Be glad to help the Government
Overthrow the people. ~~ E. Y. Harburg


In this age, which believes that there is a shortcut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ~~ Henry Miller


Save the fleeting minute; learn gracefully to dodge the bore. ~~ Sir William Osler


When people won't let you alone, it's because you haven't learned how to make them do it. ~~ David Seabury


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


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 forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt. ~~ Patrick White


When science finally locates the center of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they’re not it. ~~ Unattributed


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


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


"One lives and learns, doesn't one?"

"That is certainly one of the more prevalent delusions." ~~ Noel Coward


Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. ~~ Umberto Eco


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


We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past. ~~ Madame Chiang Kai-shek


You have to learn to do everything, even to die. ~~ Gertrude Stein


Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers. ~~ Johann von Goethe


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


Be careful to keep your promises to children, whether they be to reward or punish. A child soon learns whether a parent means to do what is promised. ~~ The Old Farmers Almanac [1893]


Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. ~~ Samuel Butler


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


Success is not a harbor but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit … The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose. ~~ Richard Milhous Nixon


You have now learned to see

That cats are much like you and me

And other people whom we find

Possessed of various types of mind. ~~ T. S. Eliot


If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself. ~~ Dorothy Law Nolte


The more science learns what life is, the more reluctant scientists are to define it. ~~ Leila M. Coyne


[Letter to President Ronald Reagan:] To the best of my knowledge there has been no child in space. I would like to learn about being weightless, and I'd like to get away from my mother's cooking. ~~ Jonathan Adashek [age 12]


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


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


Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied. ~~ Plutarch


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


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

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


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


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ~~ Albert Camus


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


You have to have a lot of patience to learn patience. ~~ Joe Moore


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


Pain is one of life's great lessons. You need to know how you'll react to the negatives in your life. Only then will you learn from the pain, and the next time it happens, you can speed up your healing process. ~~ Terry Bradshaw


I don't think happiness is necessarily the reason we're here. I think we're here to learn and evolve, and the pursuit of knowledge is what alleviates the pain of being human. ~~ Sting


Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and if necessary against others. ~~ Romain Rolland


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


Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. ~~ Frank Tyger


The fact is, we cannot truly face life until we have learned to face the fact that it will be taken away from us. ~~ Billy Graham


I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return. ~~ W. H. Auden


We learn from experience. A man never wakes up his second baby just to see it smile. ~~ Grace Williams


A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. ~~ Benjamin Franklin


By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's I mean. ~~ Mark Twain


I believe that you learn more from failing than from succeeding. Yet we have a built-in fear of failure, a shame of failure, which I think is pretty harmful. ~~ Peter Gabriel


Men get opinions as boys learn to spell
By reiteration chiefly. ~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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


Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents; maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of the younger generation. ~~ Harold Coffin


Grief and pain are but the soil from which springs the lovely plant--unselfishness. Be gentle and learn how to suffer … Whatever you can do to live bravely--without impatience or repining--will help you to live someday in a joyful contentment. ~~ Helen Keller


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


The world is as good as you are. You've got to learn to like yourself first. I'm a little screwed up, but I'm beautiful. ~~ Steve McQueen


We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. ~~ James W. Fulbright (see Said Who?)


First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. ~~ Epictetus


I find my joy of living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life, and my pleasure comes from learning something. ~~ Auguste Strindberg


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


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


With a good heredity, nature deals you a fine hand at cards; and with a good environment, you learn to play the hand well. ~~ Walter C. Alvarez, MD


Pedantry crams our heads with learned lumber and takes out brains to make room for it. ~~ Charles Caleb Colton


From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. ~~ Helen Hayes


You cannot learn to ice skate without being ridiculous … The ice of life is slippery. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


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


Our whole lives are lived in a tangle of telling, not telling, misleading, allowing to know, concealing, eavesdropping, and collusion. When Washington said he could not tell a lie, his father must have answered, "You had better learn." ~~ Germaine Greer


It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning. ~~ Claude Bernard


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


You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. ~~ Indira Gandhi


To learn the worth of a man's religion, do business with him. ~~ John Lancaster Spalding


Learning makes a man fit company for himself. ~~ Thomas Fuller


Never learn to do anything: If you don't learn, you'll always find someone else who'll do it for you. ~~ Mark Twain


Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. ~~ Muriel Spark


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


With just enough of learning to misquote. ~~ George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron


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


When I was very young, I was disgracefully intolerant but when I passed the thirty mark I prided myself on having learned the beautiful lesson that all things were good, and equally good. That, however, was really laziness. Now, thank goodness, I've sorted out what matters and what doesn't. And I'm beginning to be intolerant again. ~~ G. B. Stern


The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn. ~~ Henry S. Haskins


You can never hope to become a skilled conversationalist until you learn how to put your foot tactfully through the television set. ~~ M. Dale Baughman


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


Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it. ~~ Stephen Vizinczey


There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning. ~~ Christopher Morley


If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. ~~ Ed Howe


We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them. ~~ Juvenal


A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. ~~ Aristophanes


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


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


I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. ~~ Cyrus Ching


Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. ~~ William Arthur Ward


Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. ~~ Saul Alinsky


We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our worst enemies. ~~ Roderick Thorp


It seems like one of the hardest lessons to be learned in life is where your business ends and somebody else's begins. ~~ Frank McKinney ("Kin") Hubbard


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


You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~~ Franklin P. Adams


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


Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment and learn again to exercise … his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals. ~~ Albert Schweitzer


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.

If I have learnt anything it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? ~~ Margot Fonteyn


In North America there is the general belief that everything can be fixed, that life can be fixed up. In Europe, the view is that a lot can't be fixed up and that living properly is not necessarily a question of mastering the technology so much as learning to live gracefully within the constraints that the species invents. ~~ Jonathan Miller


I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a "learning experience." Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a "learning experience." It makes me feel less stupid. ~~ P. J. O'Rourke


Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. ~~ B. F. Skinner


Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept. ~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh [Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead]


Learning takes us through many states of life, but it fails utterly in the hour of danger and temptation. Then faith alone saves. ~~ Mohandas K. Gandhi


I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had. And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would. I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled. ~~ Sigourney Weaver


The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it. ~~ Mignon McLaughlin


Like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. ~~ A. J. P. Taylor


How would I describe my father? Cool. He's cool. He's learned. He knows a lot of stuff. ~~ Wynton Marsalis


Worry is the most natural and spontaneous of all human functions. It is time to acknowledge this, perhaps even to learn to do it better. ~~ Lewis Thomas


Men wiser and more learned than I have discerned in history a plot, a rhythm, a predetermined pattern. These harmonies are concealed from me. I can see only one emergency following on another. ~~ H. A. L. Fisher


The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance. Every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning--which is the recorded wisdom of the experiences of mankind--is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin. ~~ George William Curtis


The trouble is not in science but in the uses men make of it. Doctor and layman alike must learn wisdom in their employment of science, whether this applies to atom bombs or blood transfusion. ~~ Wilder Penfield


It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example. ~~ Fred Hoyle [Into Deepest Space]


Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~~ E. L. Doctorow


I have learned since that sometimes the things we want most are impossible for us. You may long to come home, yet wander forever. ~~ Nadine Gordimer


An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing, "There is very little difference between one man and another, but what there is is very important." ~~ William James


Test scores do not determine what you will be when you grow up. Rather hard work and material learned do. ~~ Jennifer Kwong


Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn. ~~ Katharine Graham


I have always felt that too much time was given before birth, which is spent learning things like how to breathe in and out with your husband (I had my baby when they gave you a shot in the hip and you didn't wake up until the kid was ready to start school), and not enough time given to how to mother after the baby is born. ~~ Erma Bombeck


Oh, you must fail! If you don't fail, you don't know the degrees of success… You have to fall down to learn how to [improve]. ~~ Carol Bartz


School was a worry to her. She was not glib or quick in a world where glibness and quickness were easily confused with ability to learn. ~~ Tillie Olsen [Tell Me a Riddle]


A man must learn to forgive himself. ~~ Arthur Davison Ficke


One must learn to be silent just as one must learn to talk. ~~ Victoria Wolff


I try to extract something positive from [every] situation, even if it's just learning not to make the same mistake twice. ~~ Claudia Schiffer


In history, there seems to be only a negative learning. One notes what one has done to others in order to hold it against them. ~~ Elias Canetti


The six and one-fourth hours' television watching (the American average per day) which non-reading children do is what is called alpha-level learning. The mind needn't make any pictures since the pictures are provided, so the mind cuts current as low as it can. ~~ Carol Bly


An intellectual… [is] a person who has learned to establish relations between the different elements of his sum of knowledge, one who possesses a coherent system of relationships into which he can fit all such new items of information as he may pick up in the course of his life. ~~ Aldous Huxley


Any man worth his salt has by the time he is 45 accumulated a crown of thorns, and the problem is to learn to wear it over one ear. ~~ Christopher Morley


Events seen and participated in leave disproportionate impressions. Furthermore… the lessons drawn from firsthand experiences are over-generalized. So if people do not learn enough from what happens to others, they learn too much from what happens to themselves. ~~ Robert Jervis


By being so long in the lowest form [at Harrow] I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. They all went on to learn Latin and Greek and splendid things like that. But I was taught English. We were considered such dunces that we could learn only English… As I remained in the Third Fourth three times as long as anyone else, I had three times as much of it. I learned it thoroughly. Thus I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence--which is a noble thing. ~~ Winston Churchill


Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked. ~~ Katherine Anne Porter [The Marriage Affair]


If this space-age, this latter second millennium, has taught us anything, it is that we live on a fragile planet with an onion-skin atmosphere, containing all that is dear to natural life. And that we humans are rapidly turning all of it to waste, including even the narrowest band of breathable air, at an alarming rate of pollution, destruction, and overpopulation. And if we have learned anything significant from the first two millenniums, it would be that we only have a tiny fraction of the third millennium to change it. I only wish I could predict we shall! ~~ Judd Hirsch


It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and--even more surprising--it takes the whole of life to learn how to die. ~~ Seneca


When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you. ~~ Jessica Lange


Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail. ~~ Luciano Pavarotti


I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as self-governing people to learn everything relevant. ~~ John F. Kennedy


Tiny children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun. ~~ Glenn Doman


I never learned as much in the classroom as I did staring out a window and imagining things. ~~ Robert Redford


I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life. ~~ Anthony Perkins


Children learn from their parents whether life is a wonderful adventure or an endurance of one disappointment after another. ~~ Valerie Bell


Although all cat games have their rules and ritual, these vary with the individual player. The cat, of course, never breaks a rule. If it does not follow precedent, that simply means it has created a new rule and it is up to you to learn it quickly if you want the game to continue. ~~ Sidney Denham


Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground. ~~ Walt Whitman [Slang in America]


He who laughs most, learns best. ~~ John Cleese


I learned long ago that the only satisfaction of authorship lies in finding the very few who understand what we mean. As for outside rewards, there is not one that I have ever discovered. ~~ Ellen Glasgow


Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they're fun, they do things together, they're best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they're going to respect Mom. ~~ Tim Allen


Discipline does not mean suppression and control, nor is it adjustment to a pattern or ideology. It means a mind that sees "what is" and learns from "what was." ~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti


The first book I ever wrote was the best-selling book of the year, and the second book dropped dead. What can we learn from this? Absolutely nothing. But if you keep on submitting and never give up, the chances are that someday somebody will eventually buy your work. Unless they don't. ~~ Dan Greenburg


To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know. ~~ Jean Jacques Rousseau


[Prediction for the next millennium:] We will either learn to walk with grace along truth's seam, or we will sink into confusion and wallow in our own fear. ~~ Rita Dove


It's no good starting out by thinking one is a heaven-born genius--some people are, but very few. No, one is a tradesman--a tradesman in a good honest trade. You must learn the technical skills, and then, within that trade, you can apply your own creative ideas, but you must submit them to the discipline of form. ~~ Agatha Christie


I grew up in a neighborhood so rough, I learned to read by the light of a police helicopter. ~~ Bill Jones


It is unfair to blame man too fiercely for being pugnacious; he learned the habit from Nature. ~~ Christopher Morley


It is in seeing the actions of vicious and wicked people and comparing them with what my conscience tells me regarding such actions that I have learnt what I ought to avoid and what I ought to do. The wise and prudent man will draw a useful lesson even from poison itself. ~~ Lokman


We should be provided with a new body about the age of thirty or so when we have learnt to attend to it with consideration. ~~ Freya Stark


Not withstanding the end of the Cold War, our planet has not been magically transformed into a modern day Eden. The lesson that our generations learned from hard experience is that weakness is provocative. Every other generation seems to have to relearn that lesson. ~~ Donald Rumsfeld


It is all right to say exactly what you think if you have learned to think exactly. ~~ Marcelene Cox


[On the possibility of the Soviet Union rejecting Communism:] Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle. ~~ Nikita Khrushchev


In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother. ~~ Booker T. Washington


If one has to go mad, the tactic to learn in our society is one of discretion. ~~ David Cooper


Anything you learned about computer systems two weeks ago is already out of date. ~~ Edward Phillips


[Robert F. Kennedy] was one of the few adults, one of the few politicians, who kept learning after they grew up. Most of us just build up our intellectual capital and then live off it. ~~ Frank Mankiewicz


One of the things more beguiling to cat lovers is the intractability of a cat, its blank refusal of coercion, its refusal to surrender the least part of its spiritual independence even to those for whom it has learned to care. ~~ Marguerite Steen


One can learn, at least. One can go on learning until the day one is cut off. ~~ Fay Weldon


I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ~~ Winston Churchill

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. ~~ Helen Keller


I am not wise. Not knowing, and learning to be comfortable with not knowing, is a great discovery. ~~ Sue Bender [Plain and Simple]


Learn to pause… or nothing worthwhile will catch up with you. ~~ Doug Kling


I for one appreciate a good form letter, having worked on Capitol Hill and learned several dozen cordial ways to say nothing. ~~ Carrie Johnson


Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. ~~ Daniel J. Boorstin


In these days of tension, human beings can learn a great deal about relaxation from watching a cat, who doesn't just lie down when it is time to rest, but pours his body on the floor and rests in every nerve and muscle. ~~ Murray Robinson


A reservoir of rage exists in each person, waiting to burst out. We fantasize about killing or humiliating our boss or the guy who took our parking space. It is only by growing up in a civilized society of law that we learn the idea of proportionate response. ~~ Ed Magnuson


You never stop learning to act. It isn't that kind of a racket; you never have the thing licked. ~~ Jimmy Stewart


One goes through school, college, medical school, and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success. ~~ Ashley Montagu


There isn't one senior manager in this company who hasn't been associated with a product that flopped. That includes me. It's like learning to ski. If you're not falling down, you're not learning. ~~ William Smithburg


Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas, and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research. ~~ Raymond Queneau


I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. ~~ Dorothy Dix


He must be a thorough fool, who can learn nothing from his own folly. ~~ J. C. Hare


There is nothing to be learned from history anymore. We're in science fiction now. ~~ Allen Ginsberg


Eloquence is the language of nature, and cannot be learned in the schools; but rhetoric is the creature of art, which he who feels least will most excel in. ~~ Charles Caleb Colton


Reality has changed chameleon-like before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. ~~ Maya Angelou


Fame threw me for a loop at first. I learned how to swim with it and turn it around. So you can just throw it in the closet and pick it up when you need it. ~~ Bob Dylan


It takes a long time to learn simplicity. ~~ Louis Malle


A child should be allowed to take as long as she needs for knowing everything about herself, which is the same as learning to be herself. Even twenty-five years if necessary, or even forever. And it wouldn't matter if doing things got delayed, because nothing is really important but being oneself. ~~ Laura Riding


A playful attitude infuses you with a sense of joy and positive emotions. It creates a frame of mind in which you naturally and automatically find more funny things going on around you. I am convinced that cultivating your sense of playfulness is the key to learning to lighten up in the midst of stress. ~~ Paul McGhee, PhD


Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. ~~ Truman Capote


Life is like playing a violin solo in public, and learning the instrument as one goes on. ~~ Samuel Butler


Blaming the wolf would not help the sheep much. The sheep must learn not to fall into the clutches of the wolf. ~~ Mohandas K. Gandhi


Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I've become a juggler, I suppose. It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do. ~~ Jane Seymour


I think success has no rules, but you can learn a lot from failure. ~~ Jean Kerr


Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for THINGS. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain. ~~ Elizabeth Bowen


A liberal arts education teaches you how to think--I read that somewhere. The hard facts you learn are secondary to that. The big thing you take away from school with you is how to induct and deduct in a constructive way. ~~ Stephen King [The Stand]


One should learn patience in a foreign land, for… this is the true measure of travel. If one does not suffer some frustration of the ordinary reflexes, how can one be sure one is really traveling? ~~ Gertrude Diamant


I voted for my opponent because I thought it was polite. Well, he voted for himself, and I learned my lesson: If you believe in yourself, vote for yourself. ~~ Lynn Martin


Many people now believe that if fathers are more interested in raising children than they were, children and sons in particular will learn that men can be warm and supportive of others as well as be high achievers. Thus, fathers' involvement may be beneficial not because it will help support traditional male roles, but because it will help to break them down. ~~ Joseph Pleck


There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. ~~ Willa Cather (See Said Who?)


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. ~~ Sophia Loren


A capsule description of human "progress." By the time you learn how, it's too late. ~~ Robert Heinlein


Finding the perfect balance is getting harder and harder. We need to teach our children to be cautious without imparting fear, to learn right from wrong without being judgmental, to be assertive but not pushy, to stick to routines without sacrificing spontaneity, and to be determined but not stubborn. ~~ Fred G. Gosman


I always learned more about what was on the minds of the people from the reporters' questions than they could possible learn from me. ~~ Harry S Truman


Happiness comes fleetingly now and then,

To those who have learned to do without it

And to them only. ~~ Don Marquis


Was that what, ultimately, war did to you? It was not the physical dangers--the mines at sea, the bombs from the air, the crisp ping of a rifle bullet as you drove over a desert track. No, it was the spiritual danger of learning how much easier life was if you ceased to think. ~~ Agatha Christie


Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. ~~ Harold Geneen


I have long since abandoned the notion that higher education is essential to either success or happiness. Hothouses of learning do not always grow anything edible. ~~ Robert Moses


I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountaintop, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten--happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. ~~ Brenda Ueland


No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits, otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby--so helpless and ridiculous. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


A man is not learned because he talks too much. ~~ The Dhammapada


Of all the gifts that a parent can give a child, the gift of learning to make good choices is the most valuable and long lasting. ~~ Pat Holt and Grace Ketterman


The next millennium will bring miraculous advances in science. Man will be able to harness nature and tame the environment. But the most important task we have before us is to learn to tame man. ~~ Sidney Sheldon


I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me. ~~ Robert Browning Hamilton


A family is a formation center for human relationships. The family is the place where the deep understanding that people are significant, important, worthwhile, with a purpose in life, should be learned at an early age. ~~ Edith Schaeffer


Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. ~~ Thomas Huxley


Parents set themselves to bend the will of their children to their own--to break their stubborn spirit, as they call it--with the ruthlessness of Grand Inquisitors. Cunning, unscrupulous children learn all the arts of the sneak in circumventing tyranny: children of better character are cruelly distressed and more or less lamed for life by it. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked. ~~ Pearl S. Buck


My hope for the future is that mankind shall evolve to a higher spiritual plane whereby we can accept responsibility for our actions--release our need to dominate, control, and exploit one another--and learn to live in true harmony and peace…Bob Kane


He learned too late that courage and discipline are good things but only if they serve a good cause. ~~ Manfred Rommel


It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. ~~ Leo Buscaglia


Keep reading books, but remember that a book's only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself. ~~ Maxim Gorky


I try to learn one new thing a week to balance the one thing I forget a week, but lately I forget three things a week. ~~ Joseph Gies


Humans can learn to like anything, that's why we are such a successful species. You can drop humans anywhere and they'll thrive--only the rat does as well. ~~ Jeannette Desor


[On Alzheimer's:] This disease is a maniac. It goes through the life of the victim, ransacking the order of learning--dropping precious things it took years to acquire, forcing horrible new habits on its way. ~~ Marion Roach


I am a scientist and therefore skeptical of the value of predictions about the future. What I can do is make a wish for the next millennium--a wish that the human race soon learns to live in harmony--in harmony with fellow humans, in harmony with the biological world and in harmony with the physical world. ~~ Dr. Michael Smith


The values indicated by status-insecure parents are such that their children learn to put personal success and the acquisition of power above all else. They are taught to judge people for their usefulness rather than their likeableness. Their friends, and even future marriage partners, are selected and used in the service of personal advancement; love and affection take second place to knowing the right people. They are taught to eschew weakness and passivity, to respect authority, and to despise those who have not made the socio-economic grade. Success is equated with social esteem and material advantage, rather than with more spiritual values. ~~ Norman F. Dixon [On the Psychology of Military Incompetence]


I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel--very hard to scratch anything on it, and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out. ~~ Abraham Lincoln


We trained hard… but every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing… and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing inefficiency and demoralization. ~~ Petronius


When does a computer become obsolete? The day after you learn how to use it. ~~ Milton Berle


The mind, the tongue, soon learn to dissemble, to guard a secret well, but the human face is a window. ~~ Lawrence L. Lynch


It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. ~~ Epictetus


Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want, more than all the world, your return. ~~ Mary Jean Irion


The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind. ~~ Mignon McLaughlin