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Learning is the acquisition and development of memories and behaviors, including skills, knowledge, understanding, values, and wisdom. It is the goal of education, and the product of experience.

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  • O my God! What miseries and mockeries did I then experience when it was impressed on me that obedience to my teachers was proper to my boyhood estate if I was to flourish in this world and distinguish myself in those tricks of speech which would gain honor for me among men, and deceitful riches! To this end I was sent to school to get learning.
  • Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.
    • Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • Out of too much learning become mad.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part III, Section 4. Memb. 1. Subsec. 2.
  • In mathematics he was greater
    Than Tycho Brahe, or Erra Pater;
    For he, by geometric scale,
    Could take the size of pots of ale.
  • And wisely tell what hour o' th' day
    The clock does strike by Algebra.
  • The languages, especially the dead,
    The sciences, and most of all the abstruse,
    The arts, at least all such as could be said
    To be the most remote from common use,
    In all these he was much and deeply read.
  • "Then let every one of us, being warned by this sentence of the angel, acknowledge that he as yet cleaves to first principles, or, at least, does not comprehend all those things which are necessary to be known; and that therefore progress is to be made to the very end of life: for this is our wisdom, to be learners to the end."
  • I have learnt much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and most from my students.
  • "The most important thing any teacher has to learn, not to be learned in any school of education I ever heard of, can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."
    • John Holt, in 'Growing Without Schooling' magazine #40.
  • A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
    Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
    There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
    And drinking largely sobers us again.
  • "The secret waits for eyes unclouded by longing."
    • Tao Te Ching
  • "It is the prowess of scholars that meetings bring delight and departures leave memories."
  • "Why does one stop learning till he dies when it makes all lands and place his?"
  • Learning proceeds until death and only then does it stop. ... Its purpose cannot be given up for even a moment. To pursue it is to be human, to give it up to be a beast.
    • Xun Zi, “An Exhortation to Learning,” E. Hutton, trans., Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2001), p. 258
  • The learning of the gentleman enters through his ears, fastens to his heart, spreads through his four limbs, and manifests itself in his actions. ... The learning of the petty person enters through his ears and passes out his mouth. From mouth to ears is only four inches—how could it be enough to improve a whole body much larger than that?
    • Xun Zi, “An Exhortation to Learning,” E. Hutton, trans., Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2001), p. 259

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 434-37.
  • Much learning doth make thee mad.
    • Acts, XXVI. 24.
  • It is always in season for old men to learn.
  • The green retreats
    Of Academus.
    • Mark Akenside, Pleasures of the Imagination, Canto I, line 591.
  • Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.
    • Francis Bacon, Essays Civil and Moral, Of Vicissitude of Things.
  • Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
  • The king to Oxford sent a troop of horse,
    For Tories own no argument but force;
    With equal care, to Cambridge books he sent,
    For Whigs allow no force but argument.
  • And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.
  • Doctrina est ingenii naturale quoddam pabulum.
    • Learning is a kind of natural food for the mind.
    • Cicero, Adapted from Acad. Quaest., 4. 41, and De Sen. 14.
  • When Honor's sun declines, and Wealth takes wings,
    Then Learning shines, the best of precious things.
  • Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
  • There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.
    • Confucius, Analects, Book XVII, Chapter VIII.
  • Here the heart
    May give a useful lesson to the head,
    And learning wiser grow without his books.
    • William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book VI. Winter Walk at Noon, line 85.
  • Next these learn'd Jonson in this list I bring
    Who had drunk deep of the Pierian Spring.
  • Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
    • Ecclesiasticus, XXXIII. 17.
  • Extremæ est dementiæ discere dediscenda.
    • It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unlearnt.
    • Erasmus, De Ratione Studii.
  • There is no other Royal path which leads to geometry.
    • Euclid to Ptolemy I. See Proclus' Commentaries on Euclid's Elements, Book II, Chapter IV.
  • Learning by study must be won;
    'Twas ne'er entail'd from son to son.
    • John Gay, The Pack Horse and Carrier, line 41.
  • Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil
    O'er books consum'd the midnight oil?
    • John Gay, Shepherd and Philosopher, line 15.
  • Walkers at leisure learning's flowers may spoil
    Nor watch the wasting of the midnight oil.
  • 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.
  • Yet, he was kind, or, if severe in aught,
    The love he bore to learning was in fault;
    The village all declar'd how much he knew,
    'Twas certain he could write and cipher too.
  • While words of learned length and thundering sound
    Amaz'd the gazing rustics rang'd around.
  • And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,
    That one small head should carry all it knew.
    • Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 215. Ed. 1822, printed for John Sharp. Other editions give "could" for "should," "brain" for "head".
  • Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
  • Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes
    And pause awhile from Learning to be wise;
    Yet think what ills the scholar's life assail,
    Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
    See nations, slowly wise and meanly just,
    To buried merit raise the tardy bust.
    • Samuel Johnson, Vanity of Human Wishes, line 157. Imitation of Juvenal. Satire X. "Garret" instead of "patron" in 4th Ed. See Boswell's Life of Johnson (1754).
  • Nosse velint omnes, mercedem solvere nemo.
    • All wish to be learned, but no one is willing to pay the price.
    • Juvenal, Satires, VII. 157.
  • The Lord of Learning who upraised mankind
    From being silent brutes to singing men.
  • Thou art an heyre to fayre lyving, that is nothing, if thou be disherited of learning, for better were it to thee to inherite righteousnesse then riches, and far more seemly were it for thee to haue thy Studie full of bookes, then thy pursse full of mony.
    • John Lyly, Euphues, Letters to a Young Gentleman in Naples named Alcius.
  • Il ne l'en fault pas arrouser, il l'en fault teindre.
    • Not merely giving the mind a slight tincture but a thorough and perfect dye.
    • Montaigne.
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing;
    Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
    Their shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
    And drinking largely sobers us again.
  • Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield;
    Learn from the beasts the physic of the field;
    The arts of building from the bee receive;
    Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave.
  • Ask of the Learn'd the way? The Learn'd are blind;
    This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind;
    Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
    Those call it Pleasure, and Contentment these.
  • Ein Gelehrter hat keine Langweile.
  • Delle belle eruditissima, delle erudite bellissima.
    • Most learned of the fair, most fair of the learned.
    • Sannazarius, inscription to Cassandra Marchesia in an edition of the letter's poems. See Greswell, Memoirs of Politian.
  • Few men make themselves Masters of the things they write or speak.
  • No man is the wiser for his Learning * * * Wit and Wisdom are born with a man.
  • Homines, dum docent, discunt.
  • Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity.
  • I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.
  • I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning.
  • Learn to live, and live to learn,
    Ignorance like a fire doth burn,
    Little tasks make large return.
  • The King, observing with judicious eyes,
    The state of both his universities,
    To one he sent a regiment, for why?
    That learned body wanted loyalty;
    To the other he sent books, as well discerning,
    How much that loyal body wanted learning.
    • Joseph Trapp, Epigram. On George I.'s Donation of Bishop Ely's Library to Cambridge University.
  • Our gracious monarch viewed with equal eye
    The wants of either university;
    Troops he to Oxford sent, well knowing why,
    That learned body wanted loyalty;
    But books to Cambridge sent, as well discerning
    That that right loyal body wanted learning.
    • Another version of Trapp.
  • Our royal master saw with heedful eyes
    The state of his two universities;
    To one he sends a regiment, for why?
    That learned body wanted loyalty.
    To the other books he gave, as well discerning,
    How much that loyal body wanted learning.
    • Version attributed to Thomas Warton.
  • Ab uno disce omnes.
  • Disce, puer, virtutem ex me, verumque laborem;
    Fortunam ex aliis.
    • Learn, O youth, virtue from me and true labor; fortune from others.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), XII. 435.
  • Aut disce, aut discede; manet sors tertia, cædi.
    • Either learn, or depart; a third course is open to you, and that is, submit to be flogged.
    • Winchester College. Motto of the Schoolroom.
  • Much learning shows how little mortals know,
    Much wealth, how little worldings can enjoy.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VI, line 519.
  • Were man to live coeval with the sun,
    The patriarch-pupil would be learning still.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VII, line 86.

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