Quotes: On Education, Knowledge, Philosophy and Wisdom

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill wonder and mystery. There is always mystery.”
–Anais Nin

“Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools, because they have to say something.”

“Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.”

“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
–Groucho Marx

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
–Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
–Albert Einstein

“An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
–Albert Einstein

“Those who know, DO. Those who understand, TEACH.”

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
-Kahlil Gibran

“If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”
–March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)

“The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
–Mark Twain

“The desire to get something for nothing, has been very costly.”
–Paulo Coelho

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
–Albert Einstein

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Pettibone Poole

“A lot of people are dying to get physically fit, and hardly no one even bothers to be mentally fit.”

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”
-V. Havel

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
–Derek Bok

“The only waste of human resources is letting them go unused.”
–Mark Victor Hansen

“The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.”
–Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

“The beauty of Philosophy is that you have the leisure of re examining already defined things.”
–Professor Isidro ValeroUP Diliman Philo Dept

“With friction comes illumination.”
–Professor Isidro Valero, UP Diliman Philo Dept

“Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as it could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.”
–Bertrand Russell

“If the human brain was simple enough to understand, we would still be so stupid that we couldn’t understand it.”
–Immanuel Kant

“Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
–Albert Einstein

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
–Mark Twain

“Common sense in an uncommon degree  is what the world calls wisdom.”
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

“Seek not to understand what you may believe, but believe what you may understand.”
–Saint Augustine

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
–Gerry Spence

“In youth, we learn. In age, we understand.”
–Marie Von Ebner Eschenbach

“He who laughs last thinks the slowest.”
–Author Unknown

“Most of my friends, and most of my friends’ children, also have degrees. That doesn’t mean that they’ve managed to find the kind of work they wanted. Not at all. They went to university because someone, at a time when all universities were important, said that, in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors and writers. Perhaps this is the moment to review the situation. Doctors, engineers, scientists and lawyers need to go to university, but does everyone?”
–Paulo Coelho, The Importance of a Degree, Like The Flowing River

“Psychologists claim that leadership asserts itself early in life. They’re wrong. How many who were voted ‘most likely to succeed’ at your school ever amounted to anything? Leaderhip is acquired. It is forged in the hell of combat. Being called upon to ‘face fire’ transmutes ordinary men into leaders. It matters not whether the bullets are lead kind or the more insidious projectiles of corporate battle.”
–Wilson Harell

“You are in UP because you think and speak for yourselves by your own wits and YOUR OWN TWO FEET, and you can do so NO MATTER WHAT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE in the room may be thinking. You’re in UP because NO ONE CAN TELL YOU TO SHUT UP if you have something SENSIBLE and VITAL to say. You’re in UP because YOU DREAD NOT THE POVERTY OF MATERIAL comforts but the POVERTY OF THE MIND. You’re in UP because you care about something abstract and sometimes as treacherous as the idea of “nation” even if it kills you.”
-Butch Dalisay

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
–Woodrow Wilson

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
–Alvin Toffler

“It is a miracle that curiousity survives formal education.”
–Albert Einstein

“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.”
–John Dewey

“To repeat what others have said, requires Education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Poole

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many of them can get through to you.”
–Mortimer Adler

“The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine.”
–William H. Danforth

“I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” – Socrates

Ibarra: And you write in heiroglyphics, but why?
Tasio: So that they won’t be able to read me now.
Ibarra: And why do you write if you don’t want to be read?
Tasio: Because I do not write for this generation. I write for other ages. If the present one were able to read me, they would burn my books, the work of a lifetime, on the other hand, the generation that can decipher these characters would be my educated generation; they would understand me and would say: ‘Not all slept during the night of our ancestors.’ The mystery, the curious characters, will save my work from the ignorance of men, as the mystery and the strange rites have saved many truths from the destructive priestly class.
-Noli Me Tangere

“If a child does not learn his lesson, I blame his lack of effort, never his lack of brain.”
–Jose Rizal

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
-Paul Sweeney

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
–Arthus Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”

“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“Mediocrity will always try to drag excellence down to its level. Don’t trade your superiority for their inferiority.”

“The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it from you.”
-B.B. King

“And, trust me, I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“You can have a fancy education and still not be wise.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Some people are moneyed, but not cultured.”
-via @JudeBacalso

“You can inherit wealth but never wisdom.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“We grow only when we push ourselves beyond what we already know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Wisdom is not how much you know but how you use what you know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“But how much more are you, Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.”
-JK Rowling

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker: expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”
-Thomas Watson

“The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.”
-George Orwell


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