Learning Things

Sunday, May 28, 2017 – Learning Things

Donald Trump is still learning how to be president. ~ John Boehner

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~ Confucius

It’s a weird sensation to be mad and learning at the same time. ~ Jeff Foxworthy

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all. ~ Harry S. Truman

Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth. ~ Will Rogers

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one’s enemies. ~ Leon Trotsky

You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something. ~ H. G. Wells

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out. ~ Will Rogers

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. ~ Oscar Wilde

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but want of learning is a calamity to any people. ~ Frederick Douglass

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. ~ Albert Camus

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. ~ Margaret Mead

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ~ Douglas Adams

I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a “learning experience.” Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a “learning experience.” It makes me feel less stupid. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. ~ Umberto Eco

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. ~ Joseph Addison

Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them. ~ Lord Chesterfield

In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning. ~ Jean Baudrillard

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. ~ Edward Gibbon

Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day. ~ William Allingham

Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten. ~ Andre Breton

Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning. ~ B. B. King

The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring. ~ Robertson Davies

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. ~ Mark Twain

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. ~ Russell Hoban

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. ~ Thomas Szasz

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~ Haim Ginott

Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. ~ Dana Stewart Scott

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn. ~ Henry S. Haskins

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. ~ C. S. Lewis

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. ~ Mark Twain

A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it. ~ Brander Matthews

It don’t make much difference what you study, so long as you don’t like it. ~ Finley Peter Dunne

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding. ~ Ezra Pound

There’s an old saying about those who forget history. I don’t remember it, but it’s good. ~ Stephen Colbert

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ~ Edmund Burke

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself. ~ Gertrude Stein

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. ~ Michel de Montaigne

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. ~ Dan Quayle

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them. ~ James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false. ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay

Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. ~ Herodotus

Historians are gossips who tease the dead. ~ Voltaire

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided. ~ Konrad Adenauer

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice. ~ Mark Twain

It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts. ~ Bill Vaughan

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents. ~ Richard Reeves

Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction. ~ W. H. Auden

If an historian were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses and disorders of mankind, his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history. ~ Pierre Bayle, Historical and Critical Dictionary

Too many historical writers are the votaries of cults, which, by definition are dedicated to whitewashing warts and hanging halos. ~ Thomas A. Bailey

People think too historically. They are always living half in a cemetery. ~ Aristide Briand

Sin writes histories, goodness is silent. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

History: An account, mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes. ~ Paul Eldridge, Maxims for a Modern Man

The Past lies upon the Present like a giant’s dead body. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables

When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious. ~ Anatole France

Isn’t it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past? ~ John Leonard

It is a great pity that every human being does not, at an early stage of his life, have to write a historical work. He would then realize that the human race is in quite a jam about truth. ~ Rebecca West

It was that there are no simple lessons in history, that it is human nature that repeats itself, not history. ~John Toland

History supplies little beyond a list of those who have accommodated themselves with the property of others. ~ Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia. ~ David McCullough

Events in the past may roughly be divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. ~ W .R. Inge, Assessments and Anticipations

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. ~ Winston Churchill

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Yeah, I read history. But it doesn’t make you nice. Hitler read history, too. ~ Joan Rivers