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"... involve me and I will learn"[edit]

Any idea where this popular quote comes from: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn." It is frequently attributed to Benjamin Franklin, although I can't imagine him using "involve" in this context. I have also seen it attributed to Confucius. Thanks, Maikel 20:47, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

This quote comes up in this discussion of the origins of "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” --Hughh (talk) 16:54, 26 July 2016 (UTC)


  • "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." ~Abigail Adams, 1780.
  • "A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did?' Don't do that.'" ~Douglas Adams
  • "The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it." ~Bayazid Bistami.
  • "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.
  • "I've known joy and sorrow, gladness in achieving a dream and the frustration that comes with failure. I've known what it is to feel like the world is falling around you and what it is to feel as though nothing could ever go wrong. I've known all these things and, while I've learned much from these experiences, I still haven't learned all that I can about them." -A. Curry
  • "Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in." ~Leonardo Da Vinci
  • "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." ~Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." ~Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
  • "It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." ~Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993).
  • "A man spends the first year of his life learning that he ends at his own skin, and the rest of his life learning that he doesn't" ~Saul Gorn
  • "Learning is like a ladder. In order to reach the top rung, to create the next revolutionary idea, to dream up an epic adventure, we must first step on the bottom rung and learn our ABCs." ~Alex Hope
  • "Enlightenment is intimacy with all things." ~Jack Kornfield
  • "The adventure of knowledge is just as important as the knowledge of adventure." ~Delvin Lee
  • "If an angel were to tell us something of his philosophies, I do believe some of his propositions would sound like 2 x 2 = 13." ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  • "To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand." ~José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955).
  • "First, master your instrument. Then forget all that #*$&%& and play!" ~Charlie Parker
  • "Sure, you might learn something new every day... but you'll never remember it all." ~Keelan Rantanen
  • "Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851).
  • "My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself." ~George Bernard Shaw
  • "It is wisdom that is seeking for wisdom." ~Shunryu Suzuki.
  • "The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life." ~Leo Tolstoy
  • "Education that consists in learning things and not the meaning of them is feeding upon the husks and not the corn." ~Mark Twain
  • "It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper understanding." ~Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).
  • "At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don't understand, you are closer to understanding it than at any other time." ~Jane Wagner
  • "A samurai once asked Zen Master Hakuin where he would go after he died. Hakuin answered 'How am I supposed to know?'
'How do you know? You're a Zen master!' exclaimed the samurai.
'Yes, but not a dead one,' Hakuin answered." ~Zen mondo
  • "The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear." ~Zen saying
  • "If you don't crack the shell, you can't eat the nut."
    • * Persian Proverb
  • To look for something meaningful is the begining of a life long search.
    • * Anonymous.
  • You learn when you understand. You understand when you learn.
    • * Anonymous.