Quotes. Every speaker, teacher and trainer uses them so I thought I gather a few and place them here. It is interesting to note that some are subtle in meaning and some are not. Some will reach all of your audiences, some will not. Most importantly, I suggest to you that if the total meaning of the quote is not 100 percent clear to you that you do some research so you do and not lose credibility. For example, Descartes’ is quite unusual and stirring and few people know its origins. There are essays and books on the internet if you interested enough.
Better yet, pick quotes your audience will understand and be able to understand. You will notice I include quotes about education as well as training, not because they are the same, but because how we learn best is the same and you will see that expressed many times. Especially the act of doing rather of doing rather sitting in a classroom, which is more likely to be scene in a classroom than in a training environment.
Part II contains many more quotes, but I wanted to whet your appetite so you’d come back for more and if you have a favorite I haven’t listed, please feel free to put it in the comment section. First, is my favorite.
‘Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“I think, therefore I am (Cogito, ergo sum.)” – Descartes
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren, poet
“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.” – Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-81), Swiss philosopher, poet
“Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is intellectual death.” – Confucius
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain
“Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major-perhaps the major-stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor.” – Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher
“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.” – Arnold Bennett, British novelist
“What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.”
“When you know something, say what you know. When you don’t know something, say that you don’t know. That is knowledge.” – Confucius
“To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.”
– Lao Tzu
“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.” – Octavio Paz
“The road to wisdom?-Well, it’s plain and simple to express:
and err again
– Piet Hein, Danish inventor and poet
“Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.”
– Edward Young
“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” – B. F. Skinner
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain
“Retention is best when the learner is involved.” – Edward Scannell, University Conference Bureau, Arizona
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein
“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” – Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain
“The only kind of learning which significantly influences behavior is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning – truth that has been assimilated in experience.” – Carl Rogers
“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – John Powell
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough we must do.” – Goethe
“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi
“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates
“The teacher if he is indeed wise does not teach bid you to enter the house of wisdom but leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” – Kahlil Gilbran, poet and painter
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust, French novelist
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
Stay tuned for Part II, probably coming out tonight or tomorrow; it just needs some formatting.
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