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Welcome to our curated collection of quotes about learning. Given we produce these collections to help people learn from others whatever resonates with them, we are obviously advocates of lifelong learning and of always embracing a joy of learning. Cheers to you, and hopefully these quotes will be useful to you, and if they are, please share widely.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

--John F. Kennedy

Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.

--Madeline Hunter

Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.

--Dr. Seuss

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

--Ruth Beechick

I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from.

--Susan Wojcicki

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

--Dalai Lama

Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.

--Eudora Welty

Language learning deserves special mention. It is, bar none, the best thing you can do to hone clear thinking.

--Tim Ferriss

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library.

--Maya Angelou

It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong.


No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients.

--Hindu Proverb

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

--Marianne Williamson

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.

--Doug Larson

Our job is obvious: We need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.

--Seth Godin

Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.

--Robert Greene

All learning has an emotional base.


The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.


I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.

--Agatha Christie

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.

--Pablo Picasso

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is trying things to see if they work.

--Ray Bradbury

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.

--Vernon Howard

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

--Chinese Proverb

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

--Galileo Galilei

The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.

--Benny Lewis

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

--Winston Churchill

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

--William Blake

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

--Willa Cather

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

--Will Rogers

It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.

--Wendell Berry

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

--Walt Whitman

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

--Thomas Huxley

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

--Thomas Carlyle

Learn the art of the pitch and of messaging.

--Tim Ferriss

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.


Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.

--Max Lerner

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.

--Maxim Gorky

In youth we learn; in age we understand.

--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

Longer Version:

We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. Because of our involvement in humanity we must be concerned about every human being.

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

--Mark Twain

Longer Version:

A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn't ever going to grow dim or doubtful.

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.


Failure is success if we learn from it.

--Malcolm Forbes

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

--Louisa May Alcott

Sometimes a little heartbreak is a lesson, and the best thing to do is just learn the lesson.

--Jon Voight

To teach is to learn twice.

--Joseph Joubert

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

--John W. Gardner

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

--John Steinbeck

He who laughs most, learns best.

--John Cleese

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

--James Russell Lowell

Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.

--James E. Faust

We can only learn to love by loving.

--Iris Murdoch

Much learning does not teach understanding.


It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

--Henry David Thoreau

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

--Hannah Arendt

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

--George Bernard Shaw

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.

--George Bernard Shaw

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

--Fred Rogers

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.

--Chuck Grassley

It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.

--Claude Bernard

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

--Carl R. Rogers

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.

--Benjamin Jowett

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

--Bryan White

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

--Benjamin Franklin

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.


A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.


How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.

--Alexandre Dumas

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

--Albert Einstein

He who fears to weep, should learn to be kind to those who weep.

--Abu Bakr

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

--Abraham Lincoln

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

--Arthur Koestler

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
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