Quotes for Lifelong Learners
On Wednesday, I wrote about learning for a lifetime. Here are some of my favorite quotes on learning and growth, to inspire you as you continue on the learning journey.
“You can tell you’re on the road to success; it’s uphill all the way.”
“It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers.”
-Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus
A piano sits in a room, gathering dust. It is full of the music of the masters, but in order for such strains to flow from it, fingers must strike the keys … trained fingers, representing endless hours of disciplined dedication. You do not have to practice. The piano neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to draw a beautiful music from the piano, that discipline is required….
You do no have to pay the price to grow and expand intellectually. The mind neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to experience the joy of discovery and the pleasure of plowing new and fertile soil, effort is required.
Light won’t automatically shine upon you nor will truth silently seep into your head by means of rocking-chair osmosis.
It’s up to you. It’s your move.
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, ‘taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.’ The real fear should be the opposite course.
“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”
I never want to be
What I want to be,
Because there’s always something out there
Yet for me.
I get a kick out of living
In the here and now,
But I never want to feel
I know the best way how.
There’s always one hill higher,
With a better view,
Something waiting to be learned
That I never knew.
Till my days are over,
Never fully fill my cup;
Let me go on
Growing – up.
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