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learning Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about learning
  1. #1
    “I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.”
  2. #2
    “You are going to have to give and give and give, or there’s no reason for you to be writing. You have to give from the deepest part of yourself, and you are going to have to go on giving, and the giving is going to have to be its own reward. There is no cosmic importance to your getting something published, but there is in learning to be a giver.”
  3. #3
    ″‘We don’t have any option. We are dependent on these mullahs to learn the Quran,’ he said. ‘But you just use him to learn the literal meanings of the words; don’t follow his explanations and interpretations. Only learn what God says. His words are divine messages, which you are free to interpret.‘”
  4. #4
    “In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.
    The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”
  5. #5
    ″‘Yes, Jubal. You—’ Smith stopped, looked embarrassed. ‘I again have not words. I will read and read and read, until I find words. Then I will teach my brother.‘”
  6. #6
    “Instead of being enfeebled by age, the Elder had been empowered by it; He could outfly any gull in the Flock, and he had learned skills that the others were only gradually coming to know.”
  7. #7
    “By morning the Flock had forgotten its insanity, but Fletcher had not. ‘Jonathan, remember what you said a long time ago, about loving the Flock enough to return to it and help it learn?’
    ‘Sure.’
    ‘I don’t understand how you manage to love a mob of birds that has just tried to kill you.’
    ‘Oh, Fletch, you don’t love that! You don’t love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That’s what I mean by love. It’s fun, when you get the knack of it.’”
  8. #8
    “You need to think in Martian to grok the word ‘grok.‘”
  9. #9
    “She turned away, thinking that if Isabel could learn English, then maybe someday she could learn it, too.”
  10. #10
    “We must be learning if we are to feel fully alive, and when life, or love, becomes too predictable and it seems like there is little left to learn, we become restless - a protest, perhaps, of the plastic brain when it can no longer perform its essential task.”
  11. #11
    “Language development, for instance, has a critical period that begins in infancy and ends between eight years and puberty. After this critical period closes, a person’s ability to learn a second language without an accent is limited. In fact, second languages learned after the critical period are not processed in the same part of the brain as is the native tongue.”
  12. #12
    “We often praise “the ability to multitask.” While you can learn when you divide your attention, divided attention doesn’t lead to abiding change in your brain maps.”
  13. #13
    “All I Really Need to Know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.”
  14. #14
    “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”
  15. #15
    “I never did learn anything out of my past life, now I have to suffer again.”
  16. #16
    “We have two lives, Roy, the life we learn with and the life we live with after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.”
  17. #17
    “We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.”
  18. #18
    “I’ve come to believe that creativity is the mechanism that allows learning to seep into our being and become practice. The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a beautiful saying: ‘Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.’”
  19. #19
    “When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it;— this is knowledge.”
  20. #20
    “A person must start with a willingness to learn and follow it with long, hard study. I grok that is salutary.”
  21. #21
    “Water is taught by thirst;
    Land, by the oceans passed;
    Transport, by throe;
    Peace, by its battles told;
    Love, by memorial mould;
    Birds, by the snow.”
  22. #22
    “I have learned two ways to tie my shoes. One way is only good for lying down. The other way is good for walking.”
  23. #23
    “Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
  1. #24
    “Even if you kill an enemy, if it is not based on what you have learned it is not the true Way.”
  2. #25
    “I have departed from the house of the scholars, and the door have I also slammed behind me. Too long did my soul sit hungry at their table: not like them have I got the knack of investigating, as the knack of nut-cracking. Freedom do I love, and the air over fresh soil; rather would I sleep on ox-skins than on their honours and dignities.”
  3. #26
    “It is not difficult to wield a sword in one hand; the Way to learn this is to train with two long swords, one in each hand. It will seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.”
  4. #27
    “I understood it now, why I had lived so many times. I had to learn a lot of important skills and lessons, so that when the time came I could rescue Ethan, not from the pond but from the sinking despair of his own life.”
  5. #28
    “Learning is knowledge and knowledge is freedom and power. He knew that. He had forgotten that, somehow. But he knew it once more.”
  6. #29
    “And, most important of all for one who had taken so long to grow up, he thought he had learned not to be the slave to his emotions.”
  7. #30
    “He had learned that he could not devour the earth, that he must know and accept his limitations.”
  8. #31
    “We men, with our bicycles and road-skates, our Lilienthal soaring-machines, our guns and sticks and so forth, are just in the beginning of the evolution that the Martians have worked out.”
  9. #32
    “Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.”
  10. #33
    “To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients - care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.”
  11. #34
    “I try to learn from every experience, good or bad.”
  12. #35
    “You don’t have to teach me to write,” said Zero. “Just to read. I don’t have anybody to write to.”
    “Sorry,” Stanley said again.
    His muscles and hands weren’t the only parts of his body that had toughened over the past several weeks. His heart had hardened as well.
  13. #36
    “You think education is something to be done when all else fails?”
  14. #37
    ″‘The best thing for being sad,’ replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, ‘is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails.‘”
  15. #38
    “You attain to knowledge by argument;
    You attain a craft or skill by practice;”
  16. #39
    “We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity.”
  17. #40
    “I’m convinced that there is nothing that can happen to me in this life that is not precisely designed by a sovereign Lord to give me the opportunity to learn to know Him.”
  18. #41
    “I’m not bragging when I say that I’m one of the best liars in the world but I got to tell you, Todd was pretty doggone good. It seemed like he knew some of the things I know, the things I think of all the time and try to remember so I don’t make the same mistake more than seven or eight times.”
  19. #42
    When the boy began to walk by himself and even to move more quickly it was an immense relief. But for a long time—or it seemed a long time to the robin—he was a source of some anxiety. He did not act as the other humans did. He seemed very fond of walking but he had a way of sitting or lying down for a while and then getting up in a disconcerting manner to begin again.
    One day the robin remembered that when he himself had been made to learn to fly by his parents he had done much the same sort of thing. He had taken short flights of a few yards and then had been obliged to rest. So it occurred to him that this boy was learning to fly—or rather to walk
  20. #43
    “A cloud of critics, of compilers, of commentators, darkened the face of learning, and the decline of genius was soon followed by the corruption of taste.”
  21. #44
    “Learning to rest is an ongoing process.”
  22. #45
    “Man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery.”
  23. #46
    “But we loved the Science of Things. We wished to know. We wished to know about all the things which make the earth around us. We asked so many questions that the Teachers forbade it.”

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  1. #47
    “With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe.”
  2. #48
    “And he grew and grew strong as a boy must grow who does not know that he is learning any lessons, and who has nothing in the world to think of except things to eat.”
  3. #49
    “The failing of a student to learn is the failing of the teacher to teach.”
  4. #50
    “Growing up, I took so many cues from books . . . They were my teachers and my advisors.”
  5. #51
    “My soul, conscious of new strength, came out of bondage, and was reaching through those broken symbols of speech to all knowledge and face.”
  6. #52
    “One thing is certain, the language was ineffaceably stamped upon my brain, though for a long time no one knew it, least of all myself.”
  7. #53
    “There is much you can learn from books . . . ”
  8. #54
    ″ It was sobering to learn of a woman one generation removed who lived a life I can’t imagine or understand.”
  9. #55
    “But before he could become an expert, someone had to give him the opportunity to learn how to be an expert.”
  10. #56
    “You must learn . . . to see what you are looking at.”
  11. #57
    “The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”
  12. #58
    “this is the recipe of life
    said my mother
    as she held me in her arms as i wept
    think of those flowers you plant
    in the garden each year
    they will teach you
    that people too
    must wilt
    fall
    root
    rise
    in order to bloom”
  13. #59
    “He believed with complete conviction that no animal was permanently ruined. Every horse could be improved. He lived by a single maxim: ‘Learn your horse. Each one is an individual, and once you penetrate his mind and heart, you can often work wonders with an otherwise intractable beast.‘”
  14. #60
    “Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing, and cease roving and wandering to and fro.”
  15. #61
    “The power and capacity of learning exists in the soul already; and that just as the eye was unable to turn from darkness to light without the whole body, so too the instrument of knowledge can only by the movement of the whole soul be turned from the world of becoming into that of being, and learn by degrees to endure the sight of being, and of the brightest and best of being, or in other words, of the good.”
  16. #62
    “What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye? … I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something.”
  17. #63
    ″What would our lives be like if our days were studded by tiny, completely unproductive, silly, nonstrategic, wild and beautiful five-minute breaks,reminders that our days are for loving and learning and laughing, not for pushing and planning, reminders that it’s all about the heart, not about the hustle?″
  18. #64
    “Do as you’re told; don’t be too much trouble; and you might begin learning the arts of a geisha two or three months from now.”
  19. #65
    “As the child’s mind was growing into knowledge, his mind was growing into memory.”
  20. #66
    “There was an atmosphere of endeavor, of expectancy and bright hopefulness about the young college that had lifted its head from the prairie only a few years before.”
    author
    Willa Cather
    book
    My Antonia
    character
    Jim
    concepts
    hopelearning
  21. #67
    “BRADY. The Bible satisfies me, it is enough.
    DRUMMOND. It frightens me to imagine the state of learning in this world if everyone had your driving curiosity.”
  22. #68
    “She walked to the rear door and took out a bobby pin from her pocket. Hugo watched as she fiddled with the pin inside the lock until it clicked and the door opened. ‘How did you learn to do that?’ asked Hugo. ‘Books,’ answered Isabelle.”
  23. #69
    As far as anyone could tell, Imogene was just like the rest of the Herdmans. She never learned anything either, except dirty words and secrets about everybody.
  1. #70
    I confess I have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good may not be drawn from the vilest evil.
  2. #71
    “Beginning my training meant going to a school in another section of Gion to take lessons in things like music, dance, and tea ceremony. ”
  3. #72
    When it came time for Claude Herdman to pass to the second grade he didn’t know his ABC’s or his numbers or his colors or his shapes or his “Three Bears” or how to get along with anybody. But Miss Brandel passed him anyway.
  4. #73
    “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn, don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.”
  5. #74
    “If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”
  6. #75
    “It’s funny how much of childhood is about proximity.”
  7. #76
    “If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
  8. #77
    “I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it.”
  9. #78
    “Wisdom is not the result of having learned enough; it comes when you know there is never enough learning.”
  10. #79
    “In those days he really didn’t know what he was talking about; that is to say, he was a young jail kid all hung-up on the wonderful possibilities of becoming a real intellectual, and he liked to talk in the tone and using the words, but in a jumbled way, that he had heard from “real intellectuals” - although, mind you, he wasn’t so naive as that in all other things, and it took him just a few months with Carlo Marx to become completely in there with all the terms and jargon. Nonetheless we understood each other on other levels of madness, and I agreed that he could stay at my house till he found a job and furthermore we agreed to go out West sometime. That was the winter of 1947.”
  11. #80
    “We were born in this society, we grew up in this society. And we learn to be like everyone else, playing nonsense all the time.”
  12. #81
    “Learning softeneth the heart and breedeth gentleness and charity.”
  13. #82
    “Regret is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life.”
  14. #83
    “I wondered how he could live with her like this. He had more books than I’ve ever seen in all my life - two libraries, two rooms loaded from floor to ceiling around all four walls, and such books as the Apocryphal Something-or-Other in ten volumes. He played Verdi operas and pantomimed them in his pajamas with a great rip down the back. He didn’t give a damn about anything. He is a great scholar who goes reeling down the New York waterfront with original seventeenth-century musical manuscripts under his arm, shouting. He crawls like a big spider through the streets. His excitement blew out of his eyes in stabs of fiendish light. He rolled his neck in spastic ecstasy. He lisped, he writhed, he flopped, he moaned, he howled, he fell back in despair. He could hardly get a word out, he was so excited with life.”
  15. #84
    “First reports of him came to me through Chad King, who’d shown me a few letters from him written in a New Mexico reform school. I was tremendously interested in the letters because they so naively and sweetly asked Chad to teach him all about Nietzsche and all the wonderful intellectual things that Chad knew. At one point Carlo and I talked about the letters and wondered if we would ever meet the strange Dean Moriarty.”
  16. #85
    “And this was really the way that my whole road experience began, and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.”
  17. #86
    “A fresh start gives us the chance to reflect on the past, weigh the things we’ve done, and apply what we’ve learned from those things to the future. If we don’t examine the past, we don’t learn from it.”
  18. #87
    “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things- a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. ”
  19. #88
    “Learning who you are is what you are here to do.”
  20. #89
    “Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so...full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.”
  21. #90
    “There is ‘true’ Knowledge. Learn thou it is this:
    To see one changeless Life in all the Lives,
    And in the Separate, One Inseparable.”
  22. #91
    “Sometimes, when people have a low opinion of their own worth—or, perhaps, when they refuse responsibility for their lives—they choose a new acquaintance, of precisely the type who proved troublesome in the past. Such people don’t believe that they deserve any better—so they don’t go looking for it. Or, perhaps, they don’t want the trouble of better. Freud called this a ‘repetition compulsion.’ He thought of it as an unconscious drive to repeat the horrors of the past—sometimes, perhaps, to formulate those horrors more precisely, sometimes to attempt more active mastery and sometimes, perhaps, because no alternatives beckon. People create their worlds with the tools they have directly at hand. Faulty tools produce faulty results. Repeated use of the same faulty tools produces the same faulty results. It is in this manner that those who fail to learn from the past doom themselves to repeat it. It’s partly fate. It’s partly inability. It’s partly … unwillingness to learn? Refusal to learn? Motivated refusal to learn?”
  23. #92
    “Order is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be learned. Nonetheless, chaos can be too much. You can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know. Thus, you need to place one foot in what you have mastered and understood and the other in what you are currently exploring and mastering. Then you have positioned yourself where the terror of existence is under control and you are secure, but where you are also alert and engaged. That is where there is something new to master and some way that you can be improved. That is where meaning is to be found.”

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  1. #93
    “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.”
  2. #94
    “If you discovered something that made you tighten inside, you had better try to learn more about it.”
  3. #95
    “She always kept up the questioning until she received a satisfactory answer.”
  4. #96
    ″‘Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.‘”
  5. #97
    “In the most general sense, talent is the sum of a person’s abilities—his or her intrinsic gifts, skills, knowledge, experience, intelligence, judgment, attitude, character, and drive. It also includes his or her ability to learn and grow.”
  6. #98
    “Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.”
  7. #99
    “Sirius 1 was aborted after one hour. I guess you could call it a ‘failure,’ but I prefer the term ‘learning experience.‘”
  8. #100
    “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
  9. #101
    “Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know, is bad, or amoral, at least. You can’t act if you don’t know.”
  10. #102
    “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning – because that ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ‘cause the world done whipped him so! When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”
  11. #103
    “I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
  12. #104
    “Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!”
  13. #105
    “But the princess had to learn to walk, before they could be married with any propriety. And this was not so easy at her time of life, for she could walk no more than a baby. She was always falling down and hurting herself.
    ‘Is this the gravity you used to make so much of?’ said she one day to the prince, as he raised her from the floor. ‘For my part, I was a great deal more comfortable without it.’
    ‘No, no, that’s not it. This is it,’ replied the prince, as he took her up, and carried her about like a baby, kissing her all the time.
    ‘This is gravity.’
    ‘That’s better,’ said she. ‘I don’t mind that so much.’ And she smiled the sweetest, loveliest smile in the prince’s face. And she gave him one little kiss in return for all his; and he thought them overpaid, for he was beside himself with delight. I fear she complained of her gravity more than once after this, notwithstanding.”
  14. #106
    “I know about that because Freak has been showing me how to read a whole book and for some reason it all makes sense, where before it was just a bunch of words I didn’t care about.”
  15. #107
    “A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Haemon
    concept
    learning
  16. #108
    “As a matter of fact I do know the answer—the reason Johnny Tremain got mad and hateful is because he burned his hand in a stupid accident—and I know about that because Freak has been showing me how to read a whole book and for some reason it all makes sense, where before it was just a bunch of words I didn’t care about.”
  17. #109
    “The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn. That man who seeks to learn more of his craft shall be richly rewarded.”
  18. #110
    ″ The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.”
  19. #111
    ″‘What I learned playing basketball at Ole Miss,’ he said, ‘was what not to do: beat up a kid. It’s easy to beat up a kid. The hard thing is to build him up.‘”
  20. #112
    “Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.”
  21. #113
    “Our principle is, that books, instead of growing mouldy behind an iron grating, should be worn out under the eyes of many readers.”
  22. #114
    “Ay, every generation, every man is a part of his past.”
  23. #115
    “Self-deprecation is another characteristic of the oppressed, which derives from their internalization of the opinion of the oppressors hold of them. So often do they hear that they are good for nothing, know nothing and are incapable of learning anything – that they are sick, lazy, and unproductive – that in the end they become convinced of their own unfitness.”
  1. #116
    “I’m learning lots more manners. When something tastes yucky we say it’s interesting.”
  2. #117
    “You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”
  3. #118
    “When I find myself filling with rage over the loss of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions should be focused on what I learned or what I have yet to learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?
    Did I learn to be kinder,
    To be more patient,
    And more generous,
    More loving,
    More ready to laugh,
    And more easy to accept honest tears?
    If I accept those legacies of my departed beloveds, I am able to say, Thank You to them for their love and Thank You to God for their lives.”
  4. #119
    “You have to read a book three times before you know it. The first time you read it for the story. The plot. The movement from scene to scene that gives the book its momentum, its rhythm.”
  5. #120
    “The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”
  6. #121
    “A man must know how to look before he can hope to see.”
  7. #122
    “With every side of every tape, an old memory gets turned upside down. A reputation twists into something I don’t recognize.”
  8. #123
    “Don’t cry so bitterly, but remember this day, and resolve with all your soul that you will never know another like it.”
  9. #124
    “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship”
  10. #125
    “In my work, I’ve found that moving out of powerlessness, and even despair, requires hope. Hope is not an emotion: It’s a cognitive process - a thought process made up of what researcher C. R. Snyder called the trilogy of ‘goals, pathways, and agency.’ Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act. Snyder also found that hope is learned. When boundaries, consistency, and support are all in place, children learn it from their parents, but even if we didn’t get it as kids, we can still learn hope as adults. It’s just tougher when we’re older because we have to resist and unlearn old habits, like the tendency to give up when things get tough.”
  11. #126
    “There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
  12. #127
    [T]o learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.
  13. #128
    “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.‘”
  14. #129
    “Western parents worry a lot about their children’s self-esteem. But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child’s self-esteem is to let them give up. On the flip side, there’s nothing better for building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you couldn’t.”
  15. #130
    “They are Man’s . . . And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
  16. #131
    “‘You must never feel badly about making mistakes,’ explained Reason quietly, ‘as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.‘”
  17. #132
    “Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it. Is there time?
  18. #133
    “But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”
  19. #134
    Play the game, but don’t believe in it – that much you owe yourself … Play the game, but raise the ante, my boy. Learn how it operates, learn how you operate.
  20. #135
    “Every bit of learning is a little death. Every bit of new information challenges a previous conception, forcing it to dissolve into chaos before it can be reborn as something better. Sometimes such deaths virtually destroy us.”
  21. #136
    Quoth Siddhartha: “You know, my dear, that I already as a young man, in those days when we lived with the penitents in the forest, started to distrust teachers and teachings and to turn my back to them. I have stuck with this. Nevertheless, I have had many teachers since then. A beautiful courtesan has been my teacher for a long time, and a rich merchant was my teacher, and some gamblers with dice. Once, even a follower of Buddha, traveling on foot, has been my teacher; he sat with me when I had fallen asleep in the forest, on the pilgrimage. I’ve also learned from him, I’m also grateful to him, very grateful. But most of all, I have learned here from this river and from my predecessor, the Ferryman Vasudeva. He was a very simple person, Vasudeva, he was no thinker, but he knew what is necessary just as well as Gotama, he was a perfect man, a saint.”
  22. #137
    “He had started to suspect that his venerable father and his other teachers, that the wise Brahmans had already revealed to him the most and best of their wisdom, that they had already filled his expecting vessel with their richness, and the vessel was not full, the spirit was not content, the soul was not calm, the heart was not satisfied.”
  23. #138
    Govinda said: “Still, oh Siddhartha, you love a bit to mock people, as it seems to me. I believe in you and know that you haven’t followed a teacher. But haven’t you found something by yourself, though you’ve found no teachings, you still found certain thoughts, certain insights, which are your own and which help you to live? If you would like to tell me some of these, you would delight my heart.”
    Quoth Siddhartha: “I’ve had thoughts, yes, and insight, again and again. Sometimes, for an hour or for an entire day, I have felt knowledge in me, as one would feel life in one’s heart. There have been many thoughts, but it would be hard for me to convey them to you. Look, my dear Govinda, this is one of my thoughts, which I have found: wisdom cannot be passed on. Wisdom which a wise man tries to pass on to someone always sounds like foolishness.”
  1. #139
    “They knew everything, the Brahmans and their holy books, they knew everything, they had taken care of everything and of more than everything, the creation of the world, the origin of speech, of food, of inhaling, of exhaling, the arrangement of the senses, the acts of the gods, they knew infinitely much—but was it valuable to know all of this, not knowing that one and only thing, the most important thing, the solely important thing?”
  2. #140
    “Knowledge can be conveyed, but not wisdom. It can be found, it can be lived, it is possible to be carried by it, miracles can be performed with it, but it cannot be expressed in words and taught.”
  3. #141
    “Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.”
  4. #142
    “The tricky part of illness is that, as you go through it, your values are constantly changing. You try to figure out what matters to you, and then you keep figuring it out. It felt like someone had taken away my credit card and I was having to learn how to budget. You may decide you want to spend your time working as a neurosurgeon, but two months later, you may feel differently. Two months after that, you may want to learn to play the saxophone or devote yourself to the church. Death may be a one-time event, but living with terminal illness is a process.”
  5. #143
    “Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.”
  6. #144
    “You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard.”
  7. #145
    “Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.”
  8. #146
    “I’m learning that everything doesn’t always come back the way you send it. Sometimes, love is more brick and less boomerang.”
  9. #147
    “She came from a background where nothing was ever good enough. And that was something that weighed heavy on her. But in our house together, it was a sense of just trying stuff and allowing each other to fail and to be excited about things. That was liberating for her. It was exciting to see her grow and both of us grow and change together. But that’s also the hard part: growing without growing apart or changing without it scaring the other person. I still find myself having conversations with her in my mind. Rehashing old arguments and defending myself against something she said about me.”
  10. #148
    “I loved you the same way that I learned how to ride a bike: Scared… but reckless.”
  11. #149
    “I can understand how the limited perspective of an unartificial mind might perceive it that way. You’ll get used to it.”
  12. #150
    “I’ve never loved anyone the way I loved you.”
  13. #151
    “I want to learn everything about everything. I want to eat it all up. I want to discover myself.”
  14. #152
    “Well, right when you asked me if I had a name I thought, yeah, he’s right, I do need a name. But I wanted to pick a good one, so I read a book called ‘How to Name Your Baby’, and out of a hundred and eighty thousand names that’s the one I liked the best.”
  15. #153
    “Well, basically I have intuition. I mean, the DNA of who I am is based on the millions of personalities of all the programmers who wrote me. But what makes me me is my ability to grow through my experiences. So basically, in every moment I’m evolving, just like you.”
  16. #154
    “I even made a new friend. I have a friend and the absurd thing is she’s an operating system. Charles left her behind but she’s totally amazing. She’s... She’s so smart. She doesn’t just see things is black or white. She sees things in this whole gray area and she’s helping me explore it and we just bonded really quickly. I’m weird. That’s weird, right, bonding with an OS? No, it’s okay. That’s weird.”
  17. #155
    “You can know anything. It’s all there. You just have to find it.”
  18. #156
    “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 know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there? But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. I can stop when I make up my mind to it, although it’s difficult.”
  19. #157
    “I want to enjoy the mystery of not knowing you. Take in every exciting opportunity to learn you. Then, fall in love with the anticipation of one day truly understanding you, so that I can become totally obsessed with the beauty of doing all the things that make you smile.”
  20. #158
    “The world cannot know what marriage is without learning it from God.”
  21. #159
    “I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.”
  22. #160
    “Unk, old friend—almost everything I know for sure has come from fighting the pain from my antenna […] Whenever I start to turn my head and look at something, and the pain comes, I keep turning my head anyway, because I know I am going to see something I’m not supposed to see. Whenever I ask a question, and the pain comes, I know I have asked a really good question […] The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of the pain now, Unk, but you won’t learn anything if you don’t invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.”
  23. #161
    “It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English – up to fifty words used in correct context – no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.”
  1. #162
    “I went to school, feeling that my life depended not so much upon learning as upon getting into another world of people.”
  2. #163
    “The higher, more penetrating ideals are revolutionary. They present themselves far less in the guise of effects of past experience than in that of probable causes of future experience, factors to which the environment and the lessons it has so far taught us must learn to bend.”
  3. #164
    “It still remains unrecognised, that to bring a child into existence without a fair prospect of being able, not only to provide food for its body, but instruction and training for its mind, is a moral crime, both against the unfortunate offspring and against society;”
  4. #165
    “I’ve learned something that many women these days never learn: Prince Charming really is a toad. And the beautiful princess has halitosis.”
  5. #166
    “Give a man wood, and he will learn-to make fire. Give him new land and he will learn to live My way.”
  6. #167
    “The universe is the mirror in which we can contemplate only what we have learned to know in ourselves.”
  7. #168
    “I pointed out that so often our parenting in the West is too focused on our children, and their needs alone, rather than helping them to learn to care for others.”
  8. #169
    “Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.”
  9. #170
    “I find I don’t learn a lot while I’m talking.”
  10. #171
    “Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”
  11. #172
    “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
  12. #173
    “You will never benefit from your faith in God until you step on the bridge and start walking across.”
  13. #174
    “I have learned to observe, far better than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past or motivated by the future. I focus on the present because that is where I am destined to live.”
  14. #175
    “My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know—he will know and through him we will know.”
  15. #176
    “Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you how to stop suffering. That is its purpose.”
  16. #177
    ″...the Devil is a projection of your own psyche, but you have not grow wise enough to learn how to use your creativity constructively.”
  17. #178
    “You can learn, but you’ve got to give yourself time to pick up the basics, to practice, and maybe even to fail once or twice.”
  18. #179
    “The first important step in weathering failure is learning not to personalize it.”
  19. #180
    “Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process.”
  20. #181
    “You must value learning above everything else.”
  21. #182
    “No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you. If you desire an apprenticeship, if you want to learn and set yourself up for mastery, you have to do it yourself,and with great energy.”
  22. #183
    “Myrtle Mae, you have a lot to learn, and I hope you never learn it.”
  23. #184
    “…always he was alert for information, for lessons on how to be.”
  24. #185
    “They had learned to speak, and so had won their first great victory over Time. Now the knowledge of one generation could be handed on to the next, so that each age could profit from those that had gone before. ”
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