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You learn not to look back, anything you're walking away from. You don't cry. If you do, it isn't you.
      - Joyce Carol Oates,
        The Rise of Life on Earth

They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.
  [Fr., Ils n'ont rien appris, ni rien oublie.]
      - Charles Louis Etienne Panat, Chevalier de Panat,
        to Mallet du Pan

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
      - William Penn

Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.
      - Sidney Joseph (S.J.) Perelman

Learn what you are and be such.
      - Pindar

For ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

The learning and knowledge that we have is at the most but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.
      - Plutarch

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
      - Alexander Pope

Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield;
  Learn from the beasts the physic of the field;
    The arts of building from the bee receive;
      Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 173)

Ask of the Learn'd the way? The Learn'd are blind;
  This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind;
    Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
      Those call it Pleasure, and Contentment these.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 19)

A little learning is a dangerous thing;
  Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
    Their shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
      And drinking largely sobers us again.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay--On Criticism
         (l. 215)

He who has no inclination to learn more, will be very apt to think that he knows enough.
      - Sir John Powell

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
      - Marcel Proust

A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.
      - Dan Rather

One of the best ways to learn anything is to teach yourself.
      - Giles Sutherland Rich

A scholar has no ennui.
  [Ger., Ein Gelehrter hat keine Langweile.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (8)

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
      - Will Rogers

He who learns and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of burden, with a load of books.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Most learned of the fair, most fair of the learned.
  [Lat., Delle belle eruditissima, delle erudite bellissima.]
      - Jacopo Sannazaro (Sannazarius),
        inscription in an edition of Cassandra's Marchesia's poems

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
      - George Santayana

Few men make themselves Masters of the things they write or speak.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Learning

No man is the wiser for his Learning . . .
  Wit and Wisdom are born with a man.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Learning

Men learn while they teach.
  [Lat., Homines, dum docent, discunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (VII)

Learning is but an adjunct to ourself,
  And where we are our learning likewise is.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

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