Quotes about Learning

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."

Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).


"Our friends show us what we can do, our enemies teach us what we must do."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.


"Experience is the worst teacher, it gives the test before presenting the lesson."

Vernon Sanders Law (born March 12, 1930) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for 16 seasons (1950-1951 and 1954-1967) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


"The years teach much which the day never know."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 – May 17, 2007) was a widely influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books.


"The wise learn many things form their enemies."

Aristophanes (ca. 446 – ca. 386 BC) son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a prolific and much acclaimed comic playwright of ancient Athens.


"All that I've learned, I have forgotten. The little I still know, I have guessed."

Nicolas Chamfort (6 April 1741 - 13 April 1794) was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms.


"We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past."

Madame Chiang Kai-shek, born: Soong May-ling or Soong Mei-ling (March 5, 1898 – October 23, 2003) was a First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of former President Chiang Kai-shek. She was a politician and painter.


"He who learns but doesn't think, is lost ! He who thinks but doesn't learn is in great danger."

Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.


"By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves."

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was the most popular British novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.