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The Little Retreat Quotes: Learning & Teaching
You cannot really teach anyone anything; all you can do is help them learn on their own.
A great teacher is not simply one who imparts knowledge to his students, but one who awakens their interest in it and makes them eager to pursue it for themselves. He is a spark plug, not a fuel pipe. The reason colleges exist is to bring students into contact with contagious personalities, for otherwise they might as well be correspondance schools.
Edmund Ware Sinnott, The biology of the spirit, Viking Press, 1955, p.99

A free soul ought not to pursue any study slavishly, for nothing that is learned under compulsion stays with the mind.
Socrates, in Plato's Republic

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Winston Churchill

New technologies such as computerts should be applied cautiously in traditional areas. For example, one can substitute toilet paper with a computer, however, wiping your bottom with a computer is probably not the best idea. Some traditional areas should remain unchanged - no matter what new technologies come and go. This relates particularly to education. All students must memorize the multiplication facts, no matter how powerful their calculators are.
Faina Atamas

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

If you wait until you are sure, you will never take off the training wheels.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.
Thomas Jefferson

Health is worth more than learning.
Thomas Jefferson

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
Sydney J. Harris

These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect.
Albert Camus

A man who has never gone to school, may steal from a freight train. But, if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

When a subject becomes totally obsolete, we make it a required course.
Peter F. Drucker

I began my education at a very early age. In fact, right after I left college.
Winston Churchill

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
John Ciardi

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read, but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
GM Trevelyan

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.
Konrad Lorenz

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Thomas Henry Huxley

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