The last few decades have been marked by a special cultivation of the romance of the future. We seem to have made up our minds to misunderstand what has happened; and we turn, with a sort of relief, to stating what will happen-which is apparently much easier...The modern mind is forced towards the future by a certain sense of fatigue, not unmixed with terror, with which it regards the past.
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This is the perpetual and pitiful tragedy of the practical man in practical affairs. He always begins with a flourish of contempt for what he calls theorizing and what people who can do it call thinking. He will not wait for logic--that is, in the most exact sense, he will not listen to reason. It will therefore appear to him an idle and ineffectual proceeding to say that there is a reason for his present failure. Nevertheless, it may be well to say it, and to try and make it clear even to him.
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What is education? Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Whatever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow, consciously or unconsciously, and that transition may be called education. ... What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves.
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Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.
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This truth may be unfashionable, unpalatable, no doubt unpopular, but, if it is the truth, the story of mankind shows that war was universal and unceasing for millions of years before armaments were invented or armies organized. Indeed, the lucid intervals of peace and order only occurred in human history after armaments in the hands of strong governments have come into being, and civilization in every age has been nursed only in cradles guarded by superior weapons and superior discipline.
more Winston Churchill quotes
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
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To be ignorant of what happened before you were born... is to live the life of a child for ever.
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Gravity is still just a theory, too. Would you like to test it by placing your neck beneath a guillotine?
more Ralph Cicerone quotes
For the problem of decision-making in our complicated world is not how to get the problem simple enough so that we can all understand it; the problem is how to get our thinking about the problem as complex as humanly possible--and thus approach (we can never match) the complexity of the real world around us.
more Harlan Cleveland quotes
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
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By freethinking I mean the use of the understanding in endeavoring to find out the meaning of any proposition whatsoever, in considering the nature of the evidence for or against, and in judging of it according to the seeming force or weakness of the evidence.
more Anthony Collins quotes
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I understand.
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If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
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By nature men are pretty much alike; it is learning and practice that set them apart.
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Of all the inanimate objects, of all men’s creations, books are the nearest to us, for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to truth, and our persistent leaning toward error.
more Joseph Conrad quotes
Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, `with both eyes open'.
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I've over-educated myself in all the things I shouldn't have known.
more Noel Coward quotes
We don't know who discovered water, but we are certain it wasn't a fish.
more John Culkin quotes
He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.
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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
more Charles Darwin quotes
The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.
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Government schools can't teach reading, writing, and arithmetic -- why should we trust them to teach morality, respect, and character? If public education does for ethics what it's done for learning, we'll end up with a generation of immoral, disrespectful, and characterless students.
more Steve Dasbach quotes
There is in human affairs one order which is best. That order is not always the one which exists; but it is the order which should exist for the greatest good of humanity. God knows, it and will it: man's duty it is to discover and establish it.
more Emile de Laveleye quotes
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration -- nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
more Michel De Montaigne quotes
I quote others only the better to express myself.
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People haven't time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends.
more Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quotes
There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
more Daniel Dennett quotes
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
more Max DePree quotes
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
more Rene Descartes quotes
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
more Sir James Dewar quotes
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
Truth travels slowly, but it will reach even you in time.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
more Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quotes
I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being... The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved.
more John J. Dunphy quotes
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.
more Will Durant quotes
For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal.
more Sir Arthur Eddington quotes
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
more Thomas A. Edison quotes
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
more Thomas A. Edison quotes
The world that we have made as a result of the level of thinking that we have done so far, has created problems we cannot solve at the level of thinking at which we created them.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The important thing is never to stop questioning.
more Albert Einstein quotes
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
more Albert Einstein quotes
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Why does this applied science, which saves work and makes life easier, bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Every man – in the development of his own personality – has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man’s essential nature.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
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