Quotes about learning

A collection of quotes on the topic of learning, can, doing, use.

Best quotes about learning

Aristotle photo

„Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Robert Frost photo

„In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

As quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations (1993) edited by Robert I. Fitzhenry, p. 261
General sources
Variant: In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

„To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946

As quoted in Courage: the heart and spirit of every woman : reclaiming the forgotten virtue (2001) by Sandra Ford Walston

Louisa May Alcott photo

„I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, book Little Women

Amy, in Ch. 44 : My Lord and Lady
Variant: I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Source: Little Women (1868)

Albert Einstein photo

„Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Galileo Galilei photo

„I have never met a man so ignorant that I could not learn something from him.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642

As quoted in The Story of Civilization : The Age of Reason Begins, 1558-1648 (1935) by Will Durant, p. 605

Pablo Picasso photo

„Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo
Walt Whitman photo

„I have learned that to be with those I like is enough“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

Peter F. Drucker photo

All quotes about learning

Total 6749 quotes learning, filter:

„I strongly believe that, as a citizen of the world, any person has the right to learn“

—  Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935

Education for All People and Education for Life

Cornelius Keagon photo
Hatake Kakashi photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Charles Bukowski photo
Vincent Van Gogh photo

„I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

Billie Eilish photo
Carl R. Rogers photo
John Dewey photo

„We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

Kurt Cobain photo

„Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out.“

—  Kurt Cobain, book Journals

Source: Journals

Shams-i Tabrizi photo
Luca Pacioli photo
Paramahansa Yogananda photo
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel photo
Robert Baden-Powell photo

„The secret of sound education is to get each pupil to learn for himself, instead of instructing him by driving knowledge into him on a stereotyped system.“

—  Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941

The Scouter http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/outlook.html (January, 1912)

Louis Zamperini photo
Leonardo DiCaprio photo

„School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn't want to learn.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974


Kobe Bryant photo

„The learning must belong to the learners and not to the teachers.“

—  Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935

The Learner

Cassandra Clare photo
Alvin Toffler photo
Rudolf Steiner photo
Pablo Picasso photo
Bob Marley photo
Whitney Houston photo

„Learning to love yourself, is the greatest love all“

—  Whitney Houston American singer, actress, model, and record producer 1963 - 2012

Source: Whitney the Greatest Hits

Citát „Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.“
Ozzy Osbourne photo

„Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.“

—  Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter 1948

Source: Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Marilyn Monroe photo
Maryam Mirzakhani photo

„I think it's rarely about what you actually learn in class it's mostly about things that you stay motivated to go and continue to do on your own.“

—  Maryam Mirzakhani Iranian mathematician 1977 - 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani press conference after winning Field's Medal | august 2014

Adam Weishaupt photo
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„A long time ago I learned not to put the blame for backwardness in Brazil on the US. We have to blame ourselves. Our backwardness is caused by an elite which for a century didn't think about the majority and subordinated itself to foreign interests.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

" Brazil rejects Bush move on climate change talks http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jun/04/brazil.usa" in: The Guardian, May 31, 2007.

Tyler Joseph photo
Dorothy Day photo

„We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.“

—  Dorothy Day Social activist 1897 - 1980

The Long Loneliness (1952), p. 286
Source: The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist

Martha C. Nussbaum photo
Margaret Fuller photo
John Dewey photo
Alicia Keys photo
Harry Styles photo

„We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets?
The bullets?“

—  Harry Styles English singer, songwriter, and actor 1994

"Sign of the Times", written by Harry Styles, Jeff Bhasker, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
Lyrics, Harry Styles (2017)

Serena Williams photo
Jiddu Krishnamurti photo

„From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

Source: 1980s, That Benediction is Where You Are (1985), p. 18
Context: From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it. How to write becomes a problem to the child. Please follow this carefully. Mathematics becomes a problem, history becomes a problem, as does chemistry. So the child is educated, from childhood, to live with problems — the problem of God, problem of a dozen things. So our brains are conditioned, trained, educated to live with problems. From childhood we have done this. What happens when a brain is educated in problems? It can never solve problems; it can only create more problems. When a brain that is trained to have problems, and to live with problems, solves one problem, in the very solution of that problem, it creates more problems. From childhood we are trained, educated to live with problems and, therefore, being centred in problems, we can never solve any problem completely. It is only the free brain that is not conditioned to problems that can solve problems. It is one of our constant burdens to have problems all the time. Therefore our brains are never quiet, free to observe, to look. So we are asking: Is it possible not to have a single problem but to face problems? But to understand those problems, and to totally resolve them, the brain must be free.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord photo

„They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.“

—  Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord French diplomat 1754 - 1838

and variations
Recognized since the 19th century as a borrowing, possibly used by Talleyrand, from a 1796 letter to Mallet du Pan by French naval officer Charles Louis Etienne, Chevalier de Panat: Personne n'est corrigé; personne n'a su ni rien oublier ni rien apprendre. "Nobody has been corrected; no one has known to forget, nor yet to learn anything."
Sources: Craufurd Tate Ramage Ll.D.Beautiful thoughts from French and Italian authors, E. Howell (1866)

Kobe Bryant photo
Aryabhata photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Sylvester Stallone photo
Bram Stoker photo

„We learn of great things by little experiences.“

—  Bram Stoker, book The Jewel of Seven Stars

Source: The Jewel of Seven Stars

Anna Akhmatova photo

„We learned not to meet anymore,
We don't raise our eyes to one another,
But we ourselves won't guarantee
What could happen to us in an hour.“

—  Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966

Source: The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Robert T. Kiyosaki photo
Alice Walker photo

„I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.“

—  Alice Walker American author and activist 1944

Source: Revolutionary Petunias

Angelina Jolie photo
Hunter S. Thompson photo
Hesiod photo

„But he who neither thinks for himself nor learns from others, is a failure as a man.“

—  Hesiod Greek poet

Source: Works and Days and Theogony

Thomas Wolfe photo
Jerry Spinelli photo
Tupac Shakur photo
Booker T. Washington photo
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel photo

„What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.“

—  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, book Lectures on the Philosophy of History

Introduction, as translated by H. B. Nisbet (1975)
Variant translation: What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
Pragmatical (didactic) reflections, though in their nature decidedly abstract, are truly and indefeasibly of the Present, and quicken the annals of the dead Past with the life of to-day. Whether, indeed, such reflections are truly interesting and enlivening, depends on the writer's own spirit. Moral reflections must here be specially noticed, the moral teaching expected from history; which latter has not unfrequently been treated with a direct view to the former. It may be allowed that examples of virtue elevate the soul, and are applicable in the moral instruction of children for impressing excellence upon their minds. But the destinies of peoples and states, their interests, relations, and the complicated tissue of their affairs, present quite another field. Rulers, Statesmen, Nations, are wont to be emphatically commended to the teaching which experience offers in history. But what experience and history teach is this, that peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. Each period is involved in such peculiar circumstances, exhibits a condition of things so strictly idiosyncratic, that its conduct must be regulated by considerations connected with itself, and itself alone. Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help. It is useless to revert to similar circumstances in the Past. The pallid shades of memory struggle in vain with the life and freedom of the Present.
Lectures on the History of History Vol 1 p. 6 John Sibree translation (1857), 1914
Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832), Volume 1

Dolly Parton photo

„If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.“

—  Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946

Variant: If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

James Thurber photo

„All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.“

—  James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961

"The Shore and the Sea", Further Fables for Our Time (first publication, 1956)
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

Groucho Marx photo
Rosa Parks photo

„I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.“

—  Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005

Quiet Strength (2000)

„…as I grew up, we spent a lot of time learning things about the world that most youngsters in cities don’t learn these days.“

—  Clair Cameron Patterson American chemist and geochemist 1922 - 1995

In a Interview With Shirley K. Cohen http://oralhistories.library.caltech.edu/32/1/OH_Patterson.pdf

Shirin Ebadi photo

„Any person who pursues human rights in Iran must live with fear from birth to death, but I have learned to overcome my fear.“

—  Shirin Ebadi Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1947

From 1999 interview.
Noted in the October 2003 BBC News profile of Ebadi. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3181992.stm (retrieved Oct. 15, 2008)

Mehmed II photo

„If even a single hair of my beard learns my secret, I will cut my beard from the root.“

—  Mehmed II Ottoman sultan 1432 - 1481

Source: Freely, John (The Grand Turk)

Diogenes of Sinope photo

„The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship and death.“

—  Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 BC

Stobaeus, iv. 29a. 19
Quoted by Stobaeus

Leonardo DiCaprio photo

„You learn after a while that it's not getting your face recognised that's the payoff. It's having your film remembered.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974


William Cowper photo

„Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Source: The Task (1785), Book VI, Winter Walk at Noon, Line 92.
Context: Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place,
Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Books are not seldom talismans and spells.

Jesse Owens photo

„Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.“

—  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross American psychiatrist 1926 - 2004

As quoted in " Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Messenger of Love https://books.google.com/books?id=3esDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=%22Yoga+Journal%22+Kronisch&source=bl&ots=B895e3lzeI&sig=7V4uALc6CTiPrF02-cV8AAzsgbw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjM1enasPLSAhWs6oMKHbpyAbQQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=%22Elisabeth%20Kubler-Ross%22&f=false" by Lennie Kronisch in Yoga Journal, Issue 11, November-December 1976, pp. 18-20
Context: Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from. There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.

Jimmy Carter photo
Khaled Hosseini photo
Yves Saint Laurent photo
Ayn Rand photo

„Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.“

—  Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982

Citát „The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The
willingness to learn is a choice.“
Brian Herbert photo
Vladimir Lenin photo

„An oppressed class which does not strive to learn to use arms, to acquire arms, only deserves to be treated like slaves. We cannot, unless we have become bourgeois pacifists or opportunists, forget that we are living in a class society from which there is no way out, nor can there be, save through the class struggle. In every class society, whether based on slavery, serfdom, or, as at present, wage-labor, the oppressor class is always armed. Not only the modern standing army, but even the modern militia - and even in the most democratic bourgeois republics, Switzerland, for instance - represent the bourgeoisie armed against the proletariat. That is such an elementary truth that it is hardly necessary to dwell upon it. Suffice it to point to the use of troops against strikers in all capitalist countries.
A bourgeoisie armed against the proletariat is one of the biggest fundamental and cardinal facts of modern capitalist society. And in face of this fact, revolutionary Social-Democrats are urged to “demand” “disarmament”! That is tantamount of complete abandonment of the class-struggle point of view, to renunciation of all thought of revolution. Our slogan must be: arming of the proletariat to defeat, expropriate and disarm the bourgeoisie. These are the only tactics possible for a revolutionary class, tactics that follow logically from, and are dictated by, the whole objective development of capitalist militarism. Only after the proletariat has disarmed the bourgeoisie will it be able, without betraying its world-historic mission, to consign all armaments to the scrap-heap. And the proletariat will undoubtedly do this, but only when this condition has been fulfilled, certainly not before.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Source: The Military Programme of the Proletarian Revolution

Haruki Murakami photo
Adrienne Rich photo
Nassim Nicholas Taleb photo

„What I learned on my own I still remember“

—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, book The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Source: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Bell Hooks photo

„The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.“

—  Bell Hooks American author, feminist, and social activist 1952

Source: Communion: The Female Search for Love

Tupac Shakur photo
Thomas Paine photo

„From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom“

—  Thomas Paine, book Common Sense

Source: Common Sense

Rowan Atkinson photo
Stephen Hawking photo

„For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen.“

—  Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018

British Telecom advertisement (1993), part of which was used in Pink Floyd's Keep Talking (1994) and Talkin' Hawkin'<nowiki/> (2014)
Context: For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.

Mark Nepo photo

„…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)“

—  Mark Nepo American writer 1951

Source: Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives

Gene Roddenberry photo
Tamora Pierce photo

„I am not wise, but I can always learn.“

—  Tamora Pierce, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Source: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Muhammad Ali photo
Michael Jordan photo

„To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

Frida Kahlo photo

„I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.“

—  Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954

Quote in a letter to Ella Wolfe, "Wednesday 13," 1938, as cited in Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (1983) ISBN 0-06-091127-1 , p. 197. In a footnote (p.467), Herrera writes that Kahlo had heard this joke from her friend, the poet José Frías.
1925 - 1945
Variant: I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim.

Adam Levine photo

„The point was to learn what it was we feared more: being misunderstood or being betrayed.“

—  Adam Levine singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer from the United States 1979

Source: The Instructions