Quotes About Self-Education

I’ve always liked quotes and aphorisms. A properly worded phrase can inspire, inform and motivate in a way not always easy to do with longer forms of writing. These quotes, listed alphabetically by the person quoted, contain nuggets of wisdom about learning spanning ancient times to the present. Enjoy. We can all learn from their concise wisdom.

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

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”  ~ Lloyd Alexander

“Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”  ~ Aristotle

“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

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”  ~ Buddha

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”  ~ Sarah Caldwell

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”  ~ Chinese Proverb

“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.”  ~ Malcolm Gladwell from Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, 2007.

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.”  ~ Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

“Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.”  ~ George Iles

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

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.”  ~ Ray LeBlond

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“All men who have turned out worth anything has had the chief hand in their own education.”  ~ Sir Walter Scott

“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

“Through the power of self-education you can be anything you want to be or do anything you want to do. Self-education power does not require money, fixed time or fixed life style. Options are extremely flexible. Rewards are unlimited. You can control your destiny.”  ~ Bob Webb

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.”  ~  Eugene S. Wilson

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sue March 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

thanks that was just what I needed, thanks you really helped me :)

2 Mark LaMoure March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thank you. Your quotes are some of the finest I’vc seen on self-education as being a top priority for everyone. “Quotes guide us to success from the brilliant suggestions on life from those who have gone before us.” -Mark LaMoure.
Again: Thanks so much for your time, effort and insight. You too, are one of the BEST.

Mark LaMoure,
Boise, ID

3 William April 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

Thanks for these quotes, they’re really motivating!

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