Friday, February 1, 2013

Inspirational Quotes from Ronald Gross’ Peak Learning

One of the most motivating features of Ronald Gross’ Peak Learning text are the inspirational quotes about autodidact learning that he has sprinkled alongside the main body of text. For your consideration then, here are my favorites -- Don.
Learning can be defined as the process of remembering what you are interested in -- Richard Saul Wurman
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.Henry Ford
The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.Alvin Toffler
All human beings, by nature, desire to know – Aristotle
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among people – Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.John Adams
Cultivate your faith in yourself as a learner. Research shows that adults are better learners than children, if they have the patience to be beginners.Marilyn Ferguson
Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.Edward Gibbon
Anyone who can read and write can keep some form of New Diary – a personal book which creativity, play, and self-therapy interweave, foster, and complement each other.Tristine Rainer
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon
Every man is his own Pygmalion, and spends his life fashioning himself. And, in fashioning himself, for good or ill, he fashions the human race and its future.I. F. Stone
You learn as much by writing as you do by reading.Eric Hoffer
Mental skills get rusty from disuse. Learning of any kind cleans off rust, and restores the gears to fuller functioning.Dennis Thompson
There is a learner within you, able and confident, waiting to function freely, usefully, and joyfully.Marilyn Ferguson
We are not troubled by things, but the opinions which we have of things. – Epictetus
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.Isaac Asimov
Some people never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.Alexander Pope
Learning is not a task or a problem – it is a way to be in the world. Man learns as he pursues goals and projects that have meaning for him.Sidney Jourard
Learning is the very essence of humility, learning from everything and everybody. There is no hierarchy in learning. Authority denies learning and a follower will never learn. --  J. Krishnamurti
There is no limit to the process of learning to learn. Indeed, once human beings have been bitten by the excitement of finding new ways to structure knowledge, they will never again fear being bored. Robert Theobold
The ancient Greeks knew that learning comes from playing. Their concept for education (paideia) is almost identical to their concept for play (paidia). – Roger Von Oech
Damn braces. Bless relaxes. William Blake
Life must be lived as play – then a man will be able to propitiate the gods.Plato
Everything begins with belief. What we believe is the most powerful option of allNorman Cousins
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.Buddha
Something that we were withholding made us weak. Until we found it was ourselves. Robert Frost
Learning is a matter of attitude, not aptitude.Georgi Lozanov
The road to new interests is the natural route of fascination and delight.Hilton Gregory
For those who have experienced it, the hour of the awakening of the passion for knowledge is the most memorable one of a lifetime.Colin Wilson
That which is unique and worthwhile in us makes itself felt only in flashes. If we do not know how to catch and savor these flashes, we are without growth and without exhilaration.Eric Hoffer
Experience isn’t what happens to you. It’s what you make out of what happens to you. -- Aldous Huxley
The scientist atomizes, someone must synthesize; the scientist withdraws, someone must draw together. The scientist particularizes, someone must universalize.John Fowles
Again and again, step by step, intuition opens the doors that lead to man’s designing.R. Buckminster Fuller
The mere formulation of a problem is often far more essential than its solution, which may be a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.Albert Einstein
While information may be infinite, the ways of structuring it are not. Your choice will be determined by the story you want to tell.Richard Saul Wurman
Clustering tops the childlike, wondering, innocent, curious, playful, open-ended, flexible, pattern-seeking mind, allowing us to play with language, ideas, rhythms, images, sounds, and patterns creatively before committing ourselves to a fixed course. In short, we avail ourselves of choices.Gabrielle Lusser Rico
If the brain works primarily with key concepts in an interlinked and integrated manner, our notes and our word relations would in many instances be structured in this (mind mapping) way rather than in traditional “lines.” Rather than starting from the top and working down in sentences or lists, one should start from the center or main idea and branch out as dictated by the individual ideas and general form of the central theme.Tony Buzan
Asking a question is the simplest way of focusing thinking. Asking the right question may be the most important part of thinking.Edward De Bono
Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.Frank Kingdom
The true art of memory is the art of attention.Samuel Johnson
What memory has in common with art is the knack for selection, the taste for detail. Memory contains precise details, not the whole picture; highlights, if you will, not the entire show.Joseph Brodsky
In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as rememberingWilliam James
Question authority.Timothy Leary
Live the questions now.Rainer Maria Rilke
When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer – it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not; nor can I force them.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The main difficulty of thinking is confusion. We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like juggling with too many balls. What I am puttint forward is a very simple concept which allows a thinker to do one thing at a time.Edward De Bono
I spend a lot of time creating the environment where I work. I believe people should design a world where they will be as happy as possible.B. F. Skinner
Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me and I’ll understand. Old Chinese Proverb
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.Leonardo Da Vinci
Learning by self-directed inquiry is a perpetually self-empowering activity.Charles D. Hayes
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?T. H. Huxley
Today’s organization is dominated by uncertainty and intense competition. During such times organizations need people who can do more than answer questions. They need people who can ask the right questions. When competition increases, competence becomes critical.Charles D. Hays
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.Goethe
Burn this into your brain: You must become a learnerPrice Pritchett
Once you stop learning, you’re dead.George Powell
Your brain is like a sleeping giant.Tony Buzan
Learn or die.Dorothy Canfield Fisher
We can no longer shortchange our brains and impoverish our spirits. Jean Houston
Emblazon these words on your mind: learning is more effective when it’s fun.Peter Kline

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