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Literacy and Learning quotes

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"My father told me once that words and letters hold the secrets of the universe.
That in their shapes and sounds I could find everything, could see beyond myself to something special... perfect. My father told me once that I could reach the ear of God."
Eliza, in the movie Bee Season

"... in the world of the future, the new illiterate will be the person who has not learned how to learn."
Alvin Toffler, US writer, with wife Heidi wrote Future Shock, The Third Wave, Powershift & others.

"Accumulate learning by study, understand what you learn by questioning." 

Cha'n Master Mingjiao

"Learn your language well and command it well, and you will have the first component to life."
Edward Roscoe Murrow (1908-1965), American news broadcaster, VP of CBS, was correspondent in London bombing.

"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian spiritual and political leader, called Mahatma "great soul".

"I hear—I forget, I see—I learn, I do—I understand."
Gennady V. Oster

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron."
Horace Mann (1796-1859)

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."
John Lubbock

"What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English poet, critic, lexicographer, creator of first English dictionary.

"In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it."
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer & dramatist, author of Don Quixote.

"You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room."
Doctor Seuss (1904-1991), American author, illustrator, known for his imaginative children's books.

"Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-Swiss-American mathematical physicist, famous for his theories of relativity.

"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life."
Dr. David M. Burns

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life."
Henry Doherty (1870-1939), American oil & utilities magnate, Cities Service Co.

"You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do."
Jane Fonda, US actress, liberal, often radical, political activist, Oscar-winner.

"One cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that. But the difficulty is to remove the prejudice which stands in the way of doing this. It is not a stupid prejudice."
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian engineer & philosopher

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Continue to learn. Play with abandon. Choose with no regret. Laugh! Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is."
Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey, American poet.

"You can't spell 'brothers' without at the same time spelling 'others.'" 


"Words are the voice of the heart."
Confucius (c. 551-c. 479 BC), Chinese philosopher, founder of Confucianism.

"Hyperpolysyllabicomania is a fondness for big words."

"Use soft words and hard arguments."

"Words, once they're printed, have a life of their own."
Carol Burnett, American comedienne, Emmy Award-winning television, film and stage. comedienne.

"Words are the only things that last forever."
William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English critic & essayist.

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet, the greatest poet ever, from Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3.

"Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister during World War II, winner of Nobel Prize for literature 1953.

"Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure, avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief."
David. J. Schwartz, American professor, expert on motivation, from The Magic of Thinking Big.

"Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself."
John Harold

"Children not only have to learn what their parents learned in school, but also have to learn how to learn.
This has to be recognized as a new problem which is only partly solved."
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) US famous anthropologist, author, environmentalist.

"The more you read, the more you know. 

The more you know, the smarter you grow. 
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, 
when speaking your mind or making your choice."
Seen at Sebastopol library