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And wisely tell what hour o' th' day
The clock does strike by Algebra.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. I, canto I, 125)
In mathematics he was greater
Than Tycho Brahe, or Erra Pater;
For he, by geometric scale,
Could take the size of pots of ale.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. I, canto I, l. 119)
The languages, especially the dead,
The sciences, and most of all the abstruse,
The arts, at least all such as could be said
To be the most remote from common use,
In all these he was much and deeply read.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Don Juan (canto I, st. 40)
In order to learn, one must change one's mind.
- Orson Scott Card
The three foundations of learning: Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much.
- attributed to Catherall
And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
(prologue, l. 308)
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
Learning is a kind of natural food for the mind.
[Lat., Doctrina est ingenii naturale quoddam pabulum.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
adapted from "Acad. Quaest.", 4, 41
Learning maketh young men temperate, is the comfort of old age, standing for wealth with poverty, and serving as an ornament to riches.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
The Chinese, whom it might be well to disparage less and imitate more, seem almost the only people among whom learning and merit have the ascendency, and wealth is not the standard of estimation.
- William Benton Clulow
When Honor's sun declines, and Wealth takes wings,
Then Learning shines, the best of precious things.
- Edward Cocker, Urania
Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty.
- Jeremy Collier
He that would thoroughly accomplish himself for the government of human affairs, should have a wisdom that can look forward into things that are present, and a learning that can look back into things that are past. * * * Wisdom, however, and learning, should go hand in hand, they are so beautifully qualified for mutual assistance. But it is better to have wisdom without learning, than learning without wisdom; just as it is better to beg rich wit out being the possessor of a mine, than to be the possessor of a mine without being rich.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Learn avidly. Question repeatedly what you have learned. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
- Confucius, Analects (bk. II, ch. XV)
There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.
- Confucius, Analects (bk. XVII, ch. VIII)
Learning itself, received into a mind
By nature weak, or viciously inclined,
Serves but to lead philosophers astray,
Where children would with ease discern the way.
- William Cowper
Here the heart
May give a useful lesson to the head,
And learning wiser grow without his books.
- William Cowper, Task
(bk. VI, Winter Walk at Noon, l. 85)
Learning is better worth than house or land.
- George Crabbe
Consider what you came from: you are Greeks! You were not born
to live like mindless brutes but to follow paths of excellence and knowledge.
- Dante ("Dante Alighieri"),
The Divine Comedy
(Inferno, canto XXVI, l. 118-20)
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
To the devil with those who published before us.
[Lat., Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.]
- Aelius Donatus,
quoted by St. Jerome, his pupil
Next these learn'd Jonson in this list I bring
Who had drunk deep of the Pierian Spring.
- Michael Drayton, Of Poets and Poesie
It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unlearnt.
[Lat., Extremae est dementiae discere dediscenda.]
- Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
De Ratione Studii
There is no other Royal path which leads to geometry.
to Ptolemy I, see Phoclus' "Commentaries on Euclid's Elements", bk. II, ch. IV
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