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Learning 2

Learn everything you possibly can,
and you will discover later
that none of it was superfluous.

Hugh of St. Victor


We learn to believe by believing.  We learn to love by loving.  The practice of acting on a certain thing, even (or especially) when feeling is absent, embodies the entire "how" of growth.     -Eugenia Price

Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being "with it," yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.     -Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society
Schools assume that children are not interested in learning and are not much good at it, that they will not learn unless made to, that they cannot learn unless shown how, and that the way to make them learn is to divide up the prescribed material into a sequence of tiny tasks to be mastered one at a time, each with its appropriate "morsel" and "shock."  And when this method doesn't work, the schools assume there is something wrong with the children -- something they must try to diagnose and treat.     -John Holt
In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.     -Eric Hoffer
The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one's own accord--it feels great--but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.     -Criss Jami

Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?  It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world.  It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything.     -Lucy Maud Montgomery
Confucius said, "The young people should be good sons and daughters at home, polite and respectful in society; they should be careful in their conduct and faithful, love the people, and associate themselves with the kind people.  If after learning all this, they still have the energy left, let them read books.
Learning is the beginning of wealth.  Learning is the beginning of health.  Learning is the beginning of spirituality.  Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.     -Jim Rohn
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.     -Douglas Adams
Anybody who has ever "gotten it" by following some so-called method, has gotten it in spite of the method, not because of it.     -Lee Lozowick
We do not learn only from great minds; we learn from everyone, if only we observe and inquire.  I received my greatest lesson in aesthetics from an old man in an Athenian taverna.  Night after night he sat alone at the same table, drinking his wine with precisely the same movements.  I finally asked him why he did this, and he said, "Young man, I first look at my glass to please my eyes, then I take it in my hand to please my hand, than I bring it to my nose to please my nostrils, and I am just about to bring it to my lips when I hear a small voice in my ears, 'How about me?'  So I tap my glass on the table before I drink from it.  I thus please all five senses."     -C.A. Doxiadis

The teaching which is written on paper is not the true teaching.  Written teaching is a kind of food for your brain.  Of course it is necessary to take some food for your brain, but it is more important to be yourself by practicing the right way of life.     -Suzuki Roshi
The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts.  Interesting thoughts can only live in cultivated minds.  Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays at the theater, good company, good conversationówhat are they?  They are the happiest people in the world; and they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.        -William Lyon Phelps
An education isnít how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know.  Itís being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you donít.  Itís knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and itís knowing how to use the information you get.        -William Feather
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.       -William Butler Yeats
There is no evil in the universe which is not the result of ignorance, and which would not, if we were ready and willing to learn its lesson, lead us to a higher wisdom, and then vanish away.       -James Allen
I like to have a person's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves.  I like a person who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
A person's mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.        -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Learning is not attained by chance.  It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.        -Abigail Adams
Education should be of value to men and women both as private individuals and as free, self-reliant, and responsible members of the community to which they belong.  It should help them, as individuals, to grow in self-mastery and personal depth, to develop wider and deeper appreciations, to acquire an enthusiasm for hard work, to love good talk and good books, to delight in the adventures of intellectual curiosity, to become fair-minded, open-minded, and generous in all their human responses.         -American Association of Colleges
Most people are just trying to get through the day.  Be committed to learn to get from the day.  Donít just get through it; get from it.  Learn from it.  Let the day teach you.  Join the university of life.  What a difference that will make in your future.  Commit yourself to learning.  Commit yourself to absorbing.  Be like a sponge.  Get it.  Donít miss it.       -Jim Rohn
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a personís training begins, it is probably the last lesson he or she learns thoroughly.         -Thomas Henry Huxley
Too much learning makes one proud.  One must bend one's head, realizing the limitations of reason.  It can only take you to the gate and it has to be left behind when you enter the realm of the Spirit.  You have to unlearn what you have learned and become as simple and guileless as a child.        -Papa Ramdas
Nothing in life is more exciting and rewarding than the sudden flash of insight that leaves you a changed person, not only changed, but for the better.        -Arthur Gordon
Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.        -Mark Twain
In our human corner of the natural world, learning for us is also the name of the game.  And since you and I have so much to learn, I think of human life as a kind of kindergarten.  After all, it's in the kindergarten time of our lives that we get the sense in the deepest part of our being that everything happens for a reason.  You fell down, so you learned to look where you were going.  Your friend moved away and you learned that you could make new friends.
    In most childhoods and in the happy part of all childhoods, life gleams with meaning and we all hope this will never stop.
    Welcome to Cosmic Kindergarten.  Shins are bruised, tears are shed, moods get blue.  But this is the kind of kindergarten you never leave, nor do you ever really want to.  Valuable lessons are always being learned and there are endless wonderful gifts waiting for us, especially as a result of the tough breaks we have to deal with.     -Mira Kirshenbaum, Everything Happens for a Reason

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