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Making mental connections is our most crucial learning tool, the essence of human intelligence; to forge links; to go beyond the given; to see patterns, relationships, context.
      - Marilyn Ferguson

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Those things that hurt, instruct.
      - Benjamin Franklin

He that nothing questioneth, nothing learneth.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil
  O'er books consum'd the midnight oil?
      - John Gay, Shepherd and Philosopher (l. 15)

Learning by study must be won;
  'Twas ne'er entail'd from son to son.
      - John Gay, The Pack Horse and Carrier
         (l. 41)

Walkers at leisure learning's flowers may spoil
  Nor watch the wasting of the midnight oil.
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. II, l. 558)

A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it.
  [Ger., Man lernt nichts kennen also was man liebt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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, Faust
         (I, Night), (Bayard Taylor's translation)

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.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 205)

While words of learned length and thundering sound
  Amaz'd the gazing rustics rang'd around.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 211)

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,
  That one small head should carry all it knew.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 215),
        ed. 1822, printed for John Sharp, other eds. give "could" for "should", "brain" for "head"

Know or listen to those who know.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportionable eagerness and haste.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (The Acts, X)

Much learning does not teach understanding.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.
      - Don Herold

If you want learning, you must work for it.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.
      - William James

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