RS Classic: Saturday Quote-a-Thon - Learning a Little Somethin’

>> Saturday, October 23, 2010

Once again, reusing quotes because, hey, I'm lazy.

With all the education talk this week and elder sibling stuff goin’ on, seemed like learning might be a good subject for quotes. Let’s just dig into the Big Bag O’ Quotes and see what we find.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
–Sir Francis Bacon

Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
–Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
–Winston Churchill

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
–Clarence Darrow

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
–Gustave Flaubert

The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
–Aldous Huxley

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
–Robert Green Ingersol

Experience, the most brutal of teachers; but you learn, my God do you learn.
–C. S. Lewis

The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.
–John Stuart Mill

I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
–Wilson Mizner

If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.
–Ronald Reagan [Ed: might we remind the GOP of that now?]

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
–Bertrand Russell

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)
–Carl Sagan


  • Roy

    Heh, heh! Clarence Darrow's quote is right on the money - if you speak correct English you get called a snob and an elitist and the the "la-di-dah, listen to you!" treatment. For some reason here in the US we worship sloppy.

  • The Mother

    I raised a Darrow--my kid actually corrects the scout's English in his patrol. Popular, my guy.

    I had not realized what a wit Churchill was until I took a course on British colonial history. Seems like he would have been a fun guy to know.

  • Jeff King

    I love your quotes... i always find some i've never read before.

  • soubriquet

    I'm not sure Churchill could ever be described as a fun guy, but, for sure, he was never boring.
    After my dad died, at some point along the way, an elegantly bound set of volumes of Churchill's autobiography disappeared.
    Over the years, I'd read a few, I really wish I'd read them all.

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