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Quotes for
the Journey:


So many of our lessons are
learned, it would seem,
too late to use on Earth.

Marion Cran


As Benjamin Franklin said, "Those things that hurt, instruct."  It is for this reason that wise people learn not to dread but actually to welcome problems and actually to welcome the pain of problems.       -M. Scott Peck


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.         -Henry Ford

Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.       -Bernard of Clairvaux

You know that I don't believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone.  I question the efficacy of teaching.  The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn.  And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.        -Carl Rogers

Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge.  What is outgrown and used up must be discarded to make room for what is yet to be learned.  And much of the best thinking is done alone--in deserts, on beaches, in bed, behind closed doors.  It is why we say we need to get away--to escape from clutter and busyness--to hear ourselves think.       -Robert Fulghum
When I learn something new--and it happens every day--I feel a little more at home in the universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.         -Bill Moyers

As far as the education of children is concerned I think they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones.  Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but love for one’s neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.        -Natalia Ginzburg
Of course, we're obligated to improve ourselves only if we want to make this world a better place.  If we don't care about that, then we can spend our lives being entertained passively, learning nothing new at all.  But then we're not fulfilling our responsibility of contributing to the world.        -Tom Walsh
You can be very, very good at anything you do, but excelling does take work.  In societies in which we expect life to just  fall into our laps somehow, we've lost the respect for the value of developing ourselves, but if we're going to excel, not just succeed, we must develop ourselves past the ordinary.  Reading a book a week on a topic of our choice will make us one of the best-read people in the field within a year.  Then you can solve problems and devise ideas and plans much more easily and effectively than if you never had tried to develop your abilities.     -unattributed
If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do is to study the words of those who were.        -Aldous Huxley

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Place yourself among those who carry on their lives with passion, and true learning will take place, no matter how humble or exalted the setting.  But no matter what path you follow, do not be ashamed of your learning.  In some corner of your life, you know more about something than anyone else on earth.  The true measure of your education is not what you know, but how you share what you know with others.       -Kent Nerburn
The books which help you most are those which make you think the most.        -Theodore Parker
People only begin to grow when they cease to whine and revile, and commence to search for the hidden justice which regulates their lives.  And as they adapt their minds to that regulating factor, they cease to accuse others as the cause of their condition, and build themselves up in strong and noble thoughts.  They cease to kick against circumstances, but begin to use them as aids to their more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within themselves.         -James Allen
Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer-- into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.       -Lady Nancy Astor

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When people want to win they will go to desperate extremes.  However, anyone that has already won in life has come to the conclusion that there is no game.  There is nothing but learning in this life and it is the only thing we take with us to the grave—knowledge.  If you only understood that concept then your heart wouldn’t break so bad.  Jealousy or revenge wouldn’t be your ambition.  Stepping on others to raise yourself up wouldn’t be a goal.  Competition would be left on the playing field, and your freedom from what other people think about you would light the pathway out of hell.     -Shannon L. Alder
The modern school without systematic lectures turns out many graduates who lack retention. No sooner has the sound of the word left their teacher's lips, the subject has been forgotten.     -Arthur Schomburg

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.     -Lillian Smith
When you find yourself in a frustrating situation repeatedly, instead of fighting it or asking why this always seems to happen, try asking yourself, "What am I supposed to be learning here?"  You may be surprised at the answers that come from within you.  Life's lessons may be viewed as difficulties or challenges to be overcome, but in reality they are exercises in fine-tuning that will make our efforts more effective in the long run.  We are developing skills, attitudes, and perspectives that we need to move forward with insight and awareness.     -Gail Pursell Elliott
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.     -Henry Ford


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