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35 Inspiring Quotes About Learning

Learning anything requires commitment and the ability to push through the uncomfortable feeling of not being very good until reaching competency. While on the path to competency, a little motivation can go a long way. Over the last few years, I’ve been collecting quotes about learning as I’ve stumbled across them in books and blog posts. Below are 35 of my favorite quotes about learning to inspire you on your learning journey.

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“Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.”
— William Crawford

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
— Herbert Spencer

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”
— Howard Gardner

“Education without application is just entertainment.”
— Tim Sanders

“I am still learning.”
— Michelangelo

“Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.”
— Tom Colicchio

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
— Mark Twain

“The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.”
— G. K. Chesterton

“The doer alone learneth.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
— African Proverb

“A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.”
— Eric Hoffer

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”
—Philip J. Runkel

“Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.”
— W.B. Yeats

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.”
— Thomas Carruthers

“I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times.”
— Chet Holmes

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
— Voltaire

“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.”
— Ray Congdon

“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.”
— Josh Waitzkin

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

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

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
― Leo Buscaglia

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
― Aristotle

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
― Abigail Adams

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

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
― E.M. Forster

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. “
— Abraham Lincoln

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
— Chinese Proverb

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”
— Vernon Howard

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”
— Henry Ford

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
— Carl Rogers

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

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