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By studying the masters and not their pupils.
      - Niels H. Abel,
        in reply to a question about how he got his expertise

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

They know enough who know how to learn.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

It is always in season for old men to learn.
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon

The green retreats
  Of Academus.
      - Mark Akenside,
        Pleasures of the Imagination
         (canto I, l. 591)

The most necessary learning is that which unlearns evil.
      - Antisthenes

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.
      - Aristotle

To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men.
      - Aristotle

We cannot learn without pain.
      - Aristotle

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
      - Aristotle

Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty.
      - Roger Ascham

I wish I'd known early what I had to learn late.
      - Richie Ashburn

It's not so much what you have to learn if you accept weird theories, it's what you have to unlearn.
      - Isaac Asimov

It is without all controversy that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, amiable, and pliant to government; whereas ignorance makes them churlish, thwarting, and mutinous; and the evidence of time doth clear this assertion, considering that the most barbarous, rude, and unlearned times have been most subject to tumults, seditions, and changes.
      - Francis Bacon

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.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Studies

Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The head learns new things, but the heart forever more practices old experiences.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
      - Warren Bennis

And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XXVI, v. 24)

Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XXXIII, v. 17)

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

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.
      - Sir William Browne (1),
        Epigram--In reply to Dr. Trapp

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

Out of too much learning become mad.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. 4, memb. 1, subsec. 2)

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