A mind is a terrible thing to waste

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” – Clay P. Bedford

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“ – Marian Wright Edelman

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.“ – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” – United Negro College Fund

“The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities.” – Louise L. Hay

“Being a mother has been my greatest teacher and also the most self-sacrificing thing I’ve ever done.” – Katey Sagal Even

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.” –  Helen Mirren

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” –  Vernon Howard

“Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.” –  Dana Stewart Scott

“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” – Erich Fromm

“I’m not a prophet. I’m not a teacher. I have no degrees. My degree is from the University of Life.” –  Jamie Lee Curtis

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” –  William Wordsworth

“One thing that education can do is it can provide us with an opportunity to understand one another better, and so while I’ve spent a lot of my time in the world of politics, I’ve always felt that it is really not politics that will solve this for us.“ – Condoleezza Rice

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.“ – Theodore Roosevelt

“No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability to pay for a college education.“ – Bobby Scott

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.“ – Calvin Coolidge

Life itself is your teacher

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – David M. Burns

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“ – Steve Irwin

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.“ – Leonardo da Vinci

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” – Francis Bacon 

“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” – Bruce Lee 

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” – Buddha

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“Of course, parents are the most important people in a child’s life.” – Hillary Clinton 

“Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.” –  Bryan White

“The supreme lesson of any education should be to think for yourself and to be yourself; absent this attainment, education creates dangerous, stupefying conformity.” – Bryant H. McGill

“The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.” –  Marilyn vos Savant

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt

“Learning doesn’t stop when school ends. It just starts.” – Unknown

“You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.“ – Josephine Baker

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.“ – Aristotle

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.“ – C. S. Lewis

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.“ – Francis Bacon

Children just need the time

“Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” – Naval Ravikant

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

“You learn more when things go wrong.” – David E. Kelley

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone

“You only stop learning when you quit.” – Ruud Gullit

“One of the bigger misconceptions of learning is that many skills take a lifetime to get world-class at, or 10,000 hours to become world-class at.” – Tim Ferriss

“People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.” – Bill Vaughan

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” – George Santayana

“Children just need the time, the space, and the permission to be kids.” – Angela Hanscom

“We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

“In order to help another effectively, I must understand what he understands. If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him… instruction begins when you put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Make it happen

“Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.” – John Dewey 

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero 

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle

“Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.” – Lee Iacocca 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk.” – George Clooney

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” – John W. Gardner 

“People who switch between tasks tend to lose time and have problems staying on task.” – Kendra Cherry

“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.” – Rose Kennedy

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” – Epictetus

“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.” – Thomas Szasz

“All are agreed, that the increase of learning and good morals are great blessings to society.” – Joseph Lancaster

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” –  Mortimer Adler

“What I’ve come to know is that in life, it’s not always the questions we ask, but rather our ability to hear the answers that truly enriches our understanding. Never, never stop learning.” – Lester Holt

“If we learn not humility, we learn nothing.” – John Jewel 

“You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they’re ready.” – Lucinda Williams

“The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life, and it wasn’t about money. It was about teaching, or learning.” – Maya Lin

“All the learning in the world cannot replace instinct.” – Robert Ley

Learning is a result of listening

“People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.” – Socrates

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge.” – Naval Ravikant

“Every person with a smartphone and a pair of headphones has access to the kind of education that was once reserved for the sons of aristocracy.” – The Stoic Emperor

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

“They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.” – Malala Yousafzai

“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.” – Confucius

“There is a huge value in learning with instant feedback.” – Anant Agarwal

“At the very core of my relationship to learning is the idea that we should be as organic as possible. We need to cultivate a deeply refined introspective sense, and build our relationship to learning around our nuance of character.” – Joshua Waitzkin

“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.” – John McEnroe

“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” – Jack Ma

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Huxley

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenges, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.” – Martina Horner

“The key thing to remember about me is that I’m still a student. I’m still in boot camp.” – Steve Jobs

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” – Alice Miller

“A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” – Bob Edwards

“I learned how to win by losing and not liking it.” – Tom Watson

“I think my parents gave me a love of learning; from there you set out on your own path.” – Gore Verbinski

“Learning how to work and learning how to fail is important.” – Jamie Moyer