Learning and being educated is critical in life – and that doesn’t mean you should never take your nose out of a book. You can learn every which way: trying new things, experiencing something different, going to new places, even reading this bog … it all counts. These words will inspire your learning journey:
1 B.B. King - Musician
This is so true. You certainly won’t ever remember everything you’ve learned and there are plenty of times you’ll have forgotten something you once knew, but the fact is you did learn it and you once knew it. And the process remains constant. Your capacity for learning is infinite.
2 Nelson Mandela - Politician
So many troubles in this world are caused by prejudice and cultural differences. I think Mandela is saying that through learning about and understanding those differences, our prejudices might just disappear. And I don’t want to make this a political thing but Malcolm X said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
3 Albert Einstein – Genius
Mr. Einstein came out with quite a few intelligent utterances about learning and the value of education in his lifetime. I like this one. I believe that it is our endless curiosity about everything and everyone that stimulates the thirst to learn.
4 Socrates – Philosopher
What a way to express a thirst for knowledge and understanding. No matter how much you learn, how much you know and how much you think you understand, it is a miniscule drop in the ocean. But accepting that fact is fantastic because it should be the impetus to keep learning and keep searching for understanding.
5 George Clooney – Actor
Dear George! I don’t think this is true 100% of the time because we do have original thoughts – otherwise no one would ever have new ideas and we’d not move forward. But in essence, most of the time when we speak, what we say is a product of what we have learned. In regurgitating stuff we already know, we aren’t learning for ourselves, however, someone might learn from our words.
6 Dr. Seuss
I have always loved this quote. I truly believe in the power of reading and although this is often used as a quote about travel, I like to think of it in a slightly different way. Travel is physical but I think Dr. Seuss is also telling us that through reading and learning we can travel in a non-physical manner. Books and learning can take us to so many places without even having to leave the couch.
The man who had an immense influence on the development of western art lived until the age of 89. At the age of 87 he is quoted as saying “I’m still learning”. Learning is a process that should never stop. Many great names have uttered similar sentiments – like Einstein who said “Once you stop learning, you start dying” and Henry Ford who said “Anyone who stops leaning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
You can set yourself to learn something new every day or you can simply keep your mind open and absorb and learn from everything life gives you.