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Well, for your favor, 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.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Dogberry at III, iii)

O this learning, what a thing it is!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Gremio at I, ii)

Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use.
      - William Shenstone

I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.
      - William Shenstone, Elegies (XI, st. 7)

I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals
         (act I, sc. 2)

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
      - Socrates

I grow old ever learning many things.
      - Solon

One learns by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
      - Sophocles

He that wants good sense is unhappy in having learning, for he has thereby only more ways of exposing himself; and he that has sense, knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.
      - Sir Richard Steele

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
      - Gloria Steinem

It is better to learn late than never.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Learn to live, and live to learn,
  Ignorance like a fire doth burn,
    Little tasks make large return.
      - Bayard Taylor, To My Daughter

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Learning passes for wisdom among those who want both.
      - Sir William Temple

Wearing his wisdom lightly.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, A Dedication

Wearing all that weight
  Of learning lightly like a flower.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        In Memoriam--Conclusion (st. 10)

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
      - James Thurber

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
      - Jean Toomer

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.
      - Joseph Trapp,
        another version of Joseph Trapp's epigram

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 the donation of Bishop Ely's Library to Cambridge University by George I

People learn something every day, and a lot of times it's that what they learned the day before was wrong.
      - Bill Vaughan

From one learn all.
  [Lat., Ab uno disce omnes.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (II, 65)

Learn, O youth, virtue from me and true labor; fortune from others.
  [Lat., Disce, puer, virtutem ex me, verumque laborem;
    Fortunam ex aliis.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (XII, 435)

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.
      - William Arthur Ward


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