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             KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, EDUCATION AND LEARNING
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History is Philosophy teaching by examples. -Thucydides

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. -Aristotle

Wit is educated insolence. -Aristotle

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
-Will Durant

Good questions outrank easy answers. -Paul A. Samuelson

How do you know so much about everything? was asked of a very wise and
intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed
to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant'.
-John Abbott

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to 
despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
-Russell Green

Late night TV is very educational. It teaches you that you should have
gone to bed earlier. -James Dent

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that
curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.
-Arnold Edinborough

Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
-Ellen Parr

According to a new study, college tuition for a baby born today will
cost $36,000 a year. That's crazy, isn't it? Why would anyone send a
baby to college? -Jay Leno

The difference between going to school and getting an education is the
difference between picking an apple and eating it.

Si hoc legere scis numium eruditionis habes. - If you can read this,
you're overeducated.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior
teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William Arthur Ward

A lecture is a process where information is passed from the notebook
of the lecturer to the notebook of the student without necessarily
passing through the minds of either. 

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-Ralph W. Sockman

Yesterday I knew nothing. Today, I know that.

Education is going to college to learn to express your ignorance in 
scientific terms.

Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare. -Harriet Martineau

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and
that is not learning from experience. -Archibald McLeish

School...
It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

If you haven't much education you must use your brain.

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your
windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light
won't come in. -Alan Alda

Answers given with authority negate the search for truth. -Neil Innes

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad 
training. -Anna Freud

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are
sure of. -Clarence Darrow 

When an old man dies, a library burns down. -African proverb. 

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man
himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

The mind is like the stomach. It's not how much you put into it, but
how much it digests. -Albert Jay Nock

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be
harvested. -Guinean saying

President Bush says our schools need to do a better job of teaching
mathematics, and I agree with him 150 percent. -Dave Barry

Education is what you get from reading the small print; experience is
what you get from not reading it.

Don't be afraid to ask dumb questions. They're more easily handled
than dumb mistakes. -William Wister Hanes

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by
looking up something and finding something else on the way.
-Franklin P. Adams

The trouble with learning from experience is that the test comes
first and the lesson afterwards.

Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival. -W. Edwards Deming

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will
never, ever get it out. -Thomas Cardinal Wolsey

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it
within himself. -Galileo Galilei

An expert is a fellow who is afraid to learn anything new because then
he wouldn't be an expert anymore. -Harry S Truman

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the 
other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but
because people refuse to see it. -James Michener

Asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake.

As for the future of education, I'm an optymyst. -Jiri Matejicek

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more
deadly in the long run. -Mark Twain

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must
observe. -Marilyn vos Savant

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to
be I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the
first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
-Robert Fulghum

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 
-W. B. Yeats 

To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary,
is love.

Man's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be
kindled. -Dorothea Brande

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the
intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful
to these teachers. -Kahlil Gibran

Learn to walk before you run.

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching kids what counts is best.
-Bob Talbert

Where the pupil is willing; the teachers will appear.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from
him. An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest.
-Benjamin Franklin

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real
tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but
what we have done. -Thomas a Kempis

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been
forgotten. -B. F. Skinner

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
-Chinese proverb

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
-Edmund Burke

There’s no substitute for experience.

It will be a GREAT day when schools get all the money they need and
the Air Force has to hold a bake sale in order to get a stealth
bomber.

Try to learn something about everything and everything about
something. -Thomas H. Huxley

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. -Rodin

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first,
the lesson afterward. -Vernon Law

Most students treat knowledge as a liquid to be swallowed rather than as a solid to be chewed, and then wonder why it provides so little nourishment. -Sydney Harris The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William Arthur Ward Too often students are given answers to remember, rather than problems to solve. -Roger Lewin Formal education will earn you a living, self-education will make you a fortune. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Recognizing our limitations and imperfections is the first requisite of progress. Those who believe they have arrived believe they have nowhere to go. -Dale E. Turner Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. -Lord Brougham The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more. -Ed Parker Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all. -Pericles Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain. -John F. Kennedy To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light. -Coventry Patmore The recipe for perpetual ignorance is a very simple and effective one: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. -Elbert Hubbard Continuing to cling to the patterns you know inhibits your ability to discover what you don't know. -Eric Allenbaugh It's a pity that things weren't arranged so that an empty head, like an empty stomach, would not let us rest until we put something in it. -Red Gray Universities are full of Knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in, the seniors take none away, and the knowledge there accumulates. -Abbott Lawrence Lowell You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. -Sam Levenson The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. -Bill Beattie An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it. Experience is the best teacher, but the school fees are heavy. I am willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. -James Baldwin Experience is the hardest teacher because she gives the test first; the lesson after. Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. -Christopher Morley For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. -St. Thomas Aquinas Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. -Winston Churchill He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever. -Tom Connelly Knowledge once gained casts a light beyond its own immediate boundaries. -John Tyndall I like to keep an open mind, but not so open my brain falls out. The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. -Doug Larson A conceited person never gets anywhere because he thinks he is already there. Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information. -John Erskine Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question. The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use. -George A. Dorsey Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. -Henry Peter Brougham Some minds are like concrete: thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. -Denny J. Brake You're never too old to learn something stupid. He who knows little quickly tells it. -Italian proverb I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. -Wilson Mizner "I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you." Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein An idle brain is the devil's workshop. -English proverb Everybody is ignorant, only in different subjects. -Will Rogers If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -Derek Bok Applying a solution is not necessarily the same as solving a problem. If we simply apply a ready-made solution, we fail to learn all that the problem has to teach. -Ralph Marston Minds are like parachutes - work best when open. Learning is weightless treasure you always carry easy. -Chinese proverb Other desires perish in their gratification but the desire of knowledge never. It's better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Half the misery in the world is caused by ignorance. The other half is caused by knowledge. -Bonar Thompson Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -Aldous Huxley Ignorance is when you don't know something and someone finds out. If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. -Isaac Asimov Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. -Edward Thorndike I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. -Confucius A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. -René Descartes

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