An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Most people frequently encounter negative people in their lives and negative programming on television -- which is exactly why so many people have opened their hearts to the positive oriented Oprah Winfrey and her show. Even when Oprah tackles negative issues, she brings out a positive lesson or message entailed in them.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.


Abigail Adams (1744-1818, American First Lady)


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 (1952-, British science fiction writer)


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


Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, American educator, philosopher)


It is always in season for old men to learn.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


There is no more beautiful life than that of a student.


F. Albrecht


A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


Nothing's easier than believing we understand experiences we've never had.


Gwen Bristow


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


Antisthenes (388-311 BC, Greek dramatist)


Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.


Newton D. Baker


Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.


James Bennis


Learn something new every single day. You will never get old if you do.


Lois Bey


Learning. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Learning. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo clinic.


Roy Jr. Blount (1941-, American sports writer)


Speak not against anyone whose burden you have not weighed yourself.


Marion Zimmer Bradley


Be quick to learn and wise to know.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.


Tony Buzan (1942-, British peak performance expert, trainer, author, creator of "Mind Mapping")


The best results are achieved by using the right amount of effort in the right place at the right time. And this right amount is usually less than we think we need. In other words, the less unnecessary effort you put into learning, the more successful you'll be... the key to faster learning is to use appropriate effort. Greater effort can exacerbate faulty patterns of action. Doing the wrong thing with more intensity rarely improves the situation. Learning something new often requires us to unlearn something old.


Tony Buzan (1942-, British peak performance expert, trainer, author, creator of "Mind Mapping")


Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.


Robert Byrne


With just enough of learning to misquote.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It is good to live and learn.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Wear your learning like a watch and do not pull it out merely to show you have it. If you are asked for the time, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly unasked.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.


Johnny Cash (1932-, American musician, singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, composer)


For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


One should always think of what one is about: when one is learning, one should not think of play: and when one is at play, one should not think of one's learning.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I spent the whole day without eating and the whole night without sleeping so that I could think -- but it was useless. It is better to learn.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


When I am with others, they are my teachers. I can select their good points and follow them, and select their bad points and avoid them.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


If you would inform, a positive and dogmatic manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent a candid attention. If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fixed in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.


Frank Crane (American actor)


To try to be better is to be better.


Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816-1876, American actor)


Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival.


W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993, American management consultant who helped turn Japan's economy around)


Seeking to know is only too often learning to doubt.


Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulieres


Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.


Henry L. Doherty (1870-1939, American utilities executive/engineer)


All other men are specialists, but his specialty is omniscience.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.


Bob Edwards


I've studied now Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Medicine -- and even, alas! Theology -- from end to end with labor keen; and here, poor fool with all my lore I stand, no wiser than before.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The studious class are their own victims: they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption -- pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The years teach us much the days never knew.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Who so neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


I do pity unlearned people on a rainy day.


Lucius C. Falkland


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 (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


The things which hurt, instruct.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


You can never learn less, you can only learn more.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


We all learn best in our own ways. Some people do better studying one subject at a time, while some do better studying three things at once. Some people do best studying in a structured, linear way, while others do best jumping around, "surrounding" a subject rather than traversing it. Some people prefer to learn by manipulating models, and others by reading.


Bill Gates (1955-, American computer genius, businessman, co-founder of Microsoft)


Research shows that you begin learning in the womb and go right on learning until the moment you pass on. Your brain has a capacity for learning that is virtually limitless, which makes every human a potential genius.


Michael J. Gelb (American peak performance expert, author, trainer)


I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant; and kindness from the unkind.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


No one has ever completed their apprenticeship.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


One can find traces of every life in each life.


Susan Griffin


Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held.


Milton Hall


Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.


Joy Harjo


This is an age of intellectual sauces, of essence, of distillation. We have "conclusions" without deductions, "abridgments of history" and "abridgments of science" without leading facts. We have "animals" for literature, "Cabinet" Encyclopaedias, "Family" Libraries, "Diffusion" Societies, and heaven knows what else! What is all this for? Not to add knowledge to the learned, but to tell points to the ignorant, without giving them the trouble to acquire the links. Oh! it is sad work. And the result will be injurious to all classes.


Benjamin Haydon (1786-1846, British artist)


Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a substitute for true knowledge. Books are less often made use of as "spectacles" to look at nature with, than as blinds to keep out its strong light and shifting scenery from weak eyes and indolent dispositions. The learned are mere literary drudges.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


He who refuses to learn deserves extinction.


Rabbi Hillel (30 BC - 9 AD, Jewish Rabbi, teacher)


Learning is a livelihood.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Read something positive every night and listen to something helpful every morning.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


Always be smarter than the people who hire you.


Lena Horne (1917-, American jazz and pop singer)


Everybody in the world ought to be sorry for everybody else. We all have our little private hell.


Bettina Von Hutton


Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


I loved learning, it was school I hated. I used to cut school to go learn something.


Eric Jensen


It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.


Lady Bird Johnson (1912, Texas' first First Lady)


You aren't learning anything when you're talking.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


I always keep myself in a position of being a student.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962-, American track athlete)


I maintained my edge by always being a student; you will always ideas, have something new to learn.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962-, American track athlete)


A good education is a stepping-stone to wealth.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


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