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  • #1
    Umberto Eco
    “Then why do you want to know?"

    "Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.”
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

  • #2
    Ezra Pound
    “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
    Ezra Pound

  • #3
    Plato
    “Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”
    Plato, The Republic

  • #4
    Audre Lorde
    “Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #5
    Edward W. Said
    “All knowledge that is about human society, and not about the natural world, is historical knowledge, and therefore rests upon judgment and interpretation. This is not to say that facts or data are nonexistent, but that facts get their importance from what is made of them in interpretation… for interpretations depend very much on who the interpreter is, who he or she is addressing, what his or her purpose is, at what historical moment the interpretation takes place.”
    Edward Said

  • #6
    Terry Goodkind
    “Knowledge is a weapon. I intend to be formidably armed.”
    Terry Goodkind

  • #7
    Ambrose Bierce
    Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
    Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

  • #8
    Plato
    “I thought to myself: I am wiser than this man; neither of us probably knows anything that is really good, but he thinks he has knowledge, when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think I have.”
    Plato, Apology

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Nelson Mandela
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #11
    Walter Cronkite
    “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
    Walter Cronkite

  • #12
    Robert Frost
    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
    Robert Frost

  • #13
    Eckhart Tolle
    “The past has no power over the present moment.”
    Eckhart Tolle

  • #14
    Margaret Mead
    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
    Margaret Mead

  • #15
    T.H. White
    “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
    T.H. White, The Once and Future King

  • #16
    Thomas Paine
    “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
    Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

  • #17
    Mark Twain
    “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
    Mark Twain

  • #18
    Frank Zappa
    “If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #19
    Robert Frost
    “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
    Robert Frost

  • #20
    C.S. Lewis
    “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #21
    Plato
    “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
    Plato

  • #22
    Jim Henson
    “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
    Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

  • #23
    E.M. Forster
    “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
    E.M. Forster

  • #24
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #25
    Nelson Mandela
    “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #26
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”
    G.K. Chesterton

  • #27
    Isaac Asimov
    “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #28
    Noam Chomsky
    “The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #29
    Fran Lebowitz
    “In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. ”
    Fran Lebowitz

  • #30
    Henry Ford
    “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
    Henry Ford



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