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Quotations about learning

Carl Rogers – If we value independence. . .

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Carl RogersIf we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.

Carl Rogers  

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Horace – Man learns what excites his ridicule

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Horace For man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Michel de Montaigne – A tutor should not continually thunder instruction

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Michel de MontaigneA tutor should not be continually thundering instruction into the ears of his pupil, as if he were pouring it through a funnel, but, after having put the lad, like a young horse, on a trot, before him, to observe his paces, and see what he is able to perform, should, according to the extent of his capacity, induce him to taste, to distinguish, and to find out things for himself; sometimes opening the way, at other times leaving it for him to open; and by abating or increasing his own pace, accommodate his precepts to the capacity of his pupil.

Michel de Montaigne  

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Stephen Hawking – Without imperfection

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Stephen HawkingNext time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.

Stephen Hawking   (1942-2018)

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Carl Sagan – Humans crave absolute certainty

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Carl SaganHumans may crave absolute certainty; they may aspire to it; they may pretend, as partisans of certain religions do, to have attained it. But the history of science — by far the most successful claim to knowledge accessible to humans teaches that the most we can hope for is successive improvement in our understanding, learning from our mistakes, an asymptotic approach to the Universe, but with the proviso that absolute certainty will always elude us. We will always be mired in error. The most each generation can hope for is to reduce the error bars a little, and to add to the body of data to which error bars apply.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)
The Demon-Haunted World

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Jim Rohn – Some people claim that it is okay

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Jim RohnSome people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.

Jim Rohn   (1930-2009)

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Lloyd Alexander – We learn more by looking

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Lloyd AlexanderIn some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

Lloyd Alexander  

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David Hume – Life through avenues of science and learning

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David HumeThe sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstruction in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought so far, to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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