Quotes - Learning,
Knowledge & Wisdom



Theun Mares

The beginner’s mind is an open mind, an empty mind, a ready mind, and if we really listen with a beginner’s mind, we might really begin to hear. For if we listen with a silent mind, as free as possible from the clamor of preconceived ideas, a possibility will be created for the truth of the teachings to pierce us, and for the meaning of life and death to become increasingly and startlingly clear.

My master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said: “The more and more you listen, the more and more you hear; the more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper your understanding becomes.”

Sogyal Rinpoche

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creative."
- Charles Mingus

Learning, Lessons

"It is the act of learning which grants the greatest enjoyment" - Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Information is the most valuable commodity not only to collect but to pass on. Violet Patience

Many receive advice. Only the wise profit from it. Syrus

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple - C.W. Ceran

We should not identify ourselves with reason, for man is not and never will be a creature of reason alone... - Carl Jung

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
-- Anatole France

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
-- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
-- Niels Bohr

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
-- Caron de Beaumarchais

Life is my college. Louisa May Alcott.

Life is a long lesson in humility.
Sir James M. Barrie

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
-- Alvin Toffler


"Know what you can change in life, know what you can't, and have the wisdom to know the difference in between the two." (AA)

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue os doing it. David Starr Jordan


"Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt."
William Shakespeare (Measure by Measu


"Do not cultivate Doubt, It will drive your wisdom out."
p83 The Golden Words of A Sufi Sheikh,
by His Holiness M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen


I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.- Francoise de La Rochefauld

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.- Isidore of Seville

also see page on - present moment


Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple - C.W. Ceran

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
-- G. H. Hardy

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Only the truly intelligent understand this principle of the identity of all things. They do not view things as aprrehended by themselves, subjectively, but transfer themselves into the position of the things viewed. - Chuang Tzu

Learning, Knowledge, Wisdom - Quotes by Kahlil Gibran

'Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge'

'Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.'

'You cannot have youth and the knowledge of it at the same time; For youth is too busy living to know, and knowledge is too busy seeking itself to live.'

'Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.'

'When you reach the end of what you should know, you will ne at the beginning of ewhat you should sense.'

'If you can only see what light reveals and hear only what sound announces, Then in truth you do not see nor do you hear.'

Learning, Knowledge, Wisdom - Quotes by Yogi Bhajan

'One is wise and one is foolish. Everybody has some wisdom and some foolishness. It is a mixture. There is only a difference in percentage, not in totality.'

'Fools live in fear, a wise man lives in strength.'

'You are very powerful, providing you know how powerful you are.'

'If you want to learn a thing, read that. If you want to know a thing, write that; if you want to master a thing, teach that.'

'If you really want respect in this life, never advise anybody without being asked; and secondly, when somebody really asks you for advice, just wait until he is ready to listen; and when you find the person is really ready to listen, then always give him the polarity, the two sides of the subject as you know it.'

'When there is a time to stay, one should stay. When there is time to go, one should go. When there is a time to fight, one should fight. When there is a time to have, one should havel but it should all be graceful.'

Vitamins for the Mind by Jim Rohn:


Formal education will make you a living; self-education will
make you a fortune.

We must learn to apply all that we know so that we can
attract all that we want.

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the
beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of
spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle
process all begins.

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need
motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to
turn him around.

Don't see the mind for more than it is, but don't misread it
for all that it can be.

Sharpen your interest in two major subjects: life and
people. You will only gather information from a source if
you are interested in it.

Education must precede motivation.

While you are in school, make sure you get the information.
What you think about it, that's up to you. What you are
going to do with it that will soon be up to you. But while
you are there, make sure you get it. In fact, my advice is -
Don't leave school without it!

Never begrudge the money you spend on your own education.

If you step up the self-education curve, you will come up
with more answers than you can use.

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