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Only the educated are free.

Only the educated are free – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting quote from a person born a slave and with the permission of his owner, studied philosophy and became quite good at it. Back then, slaves weren’t educated as much as trained for the use the owner needed of them. Without […]

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We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them. – Rousseau What does that mean? This quote interested me as I was taught this way as a child. Books to read, ideas and demon-strations provided, but not actually taught to me. For a kid with curiosity, that was certainly the […]

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Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is an alternate translation of “Natura inest mentibus nostris insatiabilis quædam cupiditas veri videndi.” in Latin, or in English: “Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.” Everyone I know […]

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. – Calvin Coolidge What does that mean? This, as is frequently the case, is a Twitter-friendly excerpt. The more complete quote is as follows: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with […]

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The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. – Alexandra K. Trenfor – no bio What does that mean? This is a nice quote, getting directly to the heart of the difference between teaching and indoctri-nating. It’s just that straight forward. If someone is telling […]

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot What does that mean? I like this quote, as it says something perfectly logical, but which few people have actually considered. That something is the answer to the question, “How far can you go?” To […]

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See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.

See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is about perspective. It also shows that ‘Keeping up with the Joneses‘ has been going on for quite a number of centuries. The quote starts by implying that looking at how […]

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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. – Edward Bulwar-Lytton What does that mean? Lets start with a definition. Dogma is defined as an authoritarian set of principles, usually considered unassailable truth. So when the quote says that the best teachers […]

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Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions.

Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote attempts to take aim at the most easily understood difficulty humans have, the mind. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the easiest thing to understand, much less fix. However, it is […]

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. – Clarence Darrow What does that mean? Imagine a situation where children don’t ever doubt an adult. All is well, until that adult is a predator, right? Yes, there are times when a child should listen without question or doubt to what an adult says, but […]

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Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. – African Proverb What does that mean? This quote talks about curiosity, knowledge, and the lack of either. It is one thing to not know. That can be fixed with a little effort and a little curiosity. For those who are insatiably curious, this […]

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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. – Edwin Hubble What does that mean? This quote is interesting to me as it demonstrates the two parts of Science. There is that which we can detect, measure, and experience with our senses, and that which we cannot. […]

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Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. – Marie Curie What does that mean? This is both interesting and sexist sounding at the same time. Another term for being curious about people (and the discussions that accompany the discoveries) is gossiping. While it isn’t specified that she is speaking to other ladies, back in […]

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If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn’t need to have the rest of the universities attached.

If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn’t need to have the rest of the universities attached. – Judith Martin What does that mean? Despite all the hype and celebration of the internet as a method to learn, reading alone isn’t a very useful way to learn about a topic. The same goes for  an education […]

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One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. What does that mean? This quote says that new thoughts, new ideas (especially the big ones) permanently change our minds. Our thought process is different, once we have a new idea with which to play. Our horizons […]

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