Learning and Growth

mandalaLife is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors —Louisa May Alcott

I’m astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. —Woody Allen

Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, thought for, and, more than all, must be prayed for. —Thomas Arnold

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. —Walter Bagehot

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. —Charles du Bois

There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them. —Phyllis Bottome

The events we bring upon ouselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, thy’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go. —Richard Bach

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. —Omar Nelson Bradley

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. —Albert Camus

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. —Sandra Carey

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. —Miguel de Cervantes

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study. —Chinese proverb

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. —Tao Te Ching

When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering; we’re discovering the universe. —Pema Chodron

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. Pema Chodron

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. —Winston Churchill

He who laughs most, learns best. —John Cleese

Clarity begins at home. —Alan Cohen

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. —Confucius

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bittersweet. —Confucius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. —Confucius

You learn how to do good work by being honest with yourself. —Rodney Crowell

In my own experience, the period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. —Dalai Lama

I have learned that there is more to life than just basically wishing for the future to be a certain way. You have to live in the now; you’ve got to make yourself happy now. There is nothing wrong with dreaming; but enjoying everyday makes your life worth something, whether you actually achieve what it is you are hoping for or not. —Linda Davis

Our mind is like an onion, and each day and month of practice progressively peels away the layers of delusion. —Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

For strength to bear is found in duty alone, and he is blest, indeed, who learns to make the joy of others cure his own heartache. —Sir Francis Drake

The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. —Wayne Dyer

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. —T. S. Eliot

I’ve found that the more I open myself up to messages from the universe from God, and from my intuition, the more I learn. —Gloria Estefan

An educated person gleans much from experience . . . is open and receptive and knows how to use available resources, listens, and is willing to share knowledge. —Melanie Fioritto

My preferred person today is one who is always aware of the needs of others, or their pain and fear and unhappiness, and their search for self-respect. I once liked clever people. Now I like good people. —Solomon Freehof

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. —Margaret Fuller

In seeking wisdom the first step is silence; the second: listening; the third: remembering; the fourth: practicing; the fifth: teaching others. —Solomon Ibn Gabirol

You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him to find it within himself. —Galileo

Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow—it has no real substance of its own; it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. —Shakti Gawain

When we see truly, there is nothing at all. There is no person; there is no Buddha. Innumerable things of the universe are just bubbles on the sea. Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning. —Yoka Genkaku (665-713)

The highest point of culture that a man can rise to is the conviction that he does not figure in the concerns of others. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Gone, Gone, Gone beyond, gone completely beyond, Awake! So be it. —Heart Sutra

If you don’t step across the threshold of what you already know into the world of challenges, you never truly measure yourself. —Mariel Hemingway

A great teacher never strives to explain his vision; he simply invites you to stand beside him and see for yourself. —Reverend R. Inman

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. —Irish proverb

Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can. —Pope John Paul II

He was destined to learn his own wisdom apart from others or to learn the wisdom of others himself wandering among the snares of the world. —James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Out of evil, much good has come to me. By keeping quiet, repressing nothing, remaining attentive, and by accepting reality—taking things as they are, and not as I wanted them to be—by doing all this, unusual knowledge has come to me, and unusual powers as well, such as I could never have imagined before. I always thought that when we accepted things, they overpowered us in some way or other. This turns out not to be true at all, and it is only by accepting them that one can assume an attitude towards them. So now I intend to play the game of life, being receptive to whatever comes to me, good and bad, sun and shadow forever alternating, and in this way also accepting my own nature with its positive and negative sides . . .thus everything becomes more alive to me. What a fool I was! How I tried to force everything to go according to the way I felt it ought to go. —Letter from a grateful patient to Dr. Carl Jung

If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. —Carl Jung

As you strive for a higher level of awareness, a sense of loneliness on your journey may overwhelm you, no matter how many people are in your life. Your soul is reaching for something you may not even know you desire.Kajama (Saturday, July 19, 2003)

Many spiritual seekers are like cats endlessly chasing their tails. What they’re looking for they already possess, they just don’t know it. In endlessly questing after spiritual knowledge and experience, they feel like they are “doing something,” when in fact, they are just amusing their egos. Like the cat chasing her tale, those who seek enlightenment would be wise to stop
and look for it in whatever has been put before them. Kajama (Monday, May 10, 2004)

As you become aware of your intentions, and those beliefs, thoughts and feelings that block your conscious intention, and then you remove them, you will become able to manifest whatever you want. —Reverend Dan Kivel

If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions. —Suzanne Langer

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. —Bruce Lee

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you survives all hurt. —Max Lerner

Learning to take hold of one’s life is very difficult in a culture that values property over life. —Haki Madhubuti

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. —Ralph Marston

If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. —John Maxwell

Psychology says, “Let go.” Spirituality says, “Wake up.” In both cases there is a withdrawal from the busyness of daily life . . . and a waking up to the subconscious and spiritual depths of ourselves. —Reverend Alfred McBride

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. —Thomas Merton

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way. —Marvin Minsky

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it. —George Moore

There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains. —Richard Nelson

Growth is the only evidence of life. —John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864

Make education a continuing, never-ending process. —Nido Qubein

Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue. —Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

When your identification with the unreal has vanished, you will be what you have been, what you are, and what you will be. —Sri Poonjaji

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. —Marcel Proust

Only as high as I reach can I grow;
Only as far as I seek can I go;
Only as deep as I look can I see;
Only as much as I dream can I be.
—Karen Ravn

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Well-educated individuals can respond to the complexities of contemporary culture. They ought to know the world through as broad a lens as possible. Some of it is uncomfortable because you’re bumping up against some inconvenient ideas that challenge what you’ve always believed. Those are the moments you learn the most. —Mark Robbins

The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. —John Ruskin

It is only with the heart that one can rightly see; what is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Growth only comes[s] from adversity and from challenge—from stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown. —Ben Saunders

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. —Marilyn vos Savant

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention. —Diane Sawyer

Be forever a student. He, and he alone, is an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more knowledge. —Sivananda

The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing. —Shunryu Suzuki

Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find a thousand regions of your mind yet undiscovered. —Henry David Thoreau

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years. —Mark Twain

Growth and fulfillment come from abandoning old practices and embracing new ones. —Brian Tracy

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. —Lao Tzu

Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income—which he then spends sending his son to college. —Bill Vaughan

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. —Martha Washington

People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. —Dr. Brian Weiss

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are—not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within—that you can begin to take control. —Oprah Winfrey

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. —Barbara J. Winter

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. —John Wooden

Learn to write your hurts in sand. Learn to carve your blessings in stone. —Author Unknown