Some Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite thinking quotes:


“The Socratic method, then, is the art of teaching not philosophy but philosophizing, the art not of teaching about philosophers but of making philosophers of the students.”
~ Leonard Nelson

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”
~ Alec Bourne

“Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively.”
~ R.D. Clyde

“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.”
~ Carl Rogers

“Any fool can come up with the right answers. But the real measure of wisdom is coming up with the right questions.”
~ Swami Beyondananda

“A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.”
~ Martin H. Fischer

“It isn't what people think that’s important, but the reason they think what they think.”
~ Eugene Ionesco

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”
~ Alfred Korzybski

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
~ Mark Van Doren

“In teaching it is the method and not the content that is the message . . . the drawing out, not the pumping in.”
~ Ashley Montagu

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
~ Clay P. Bedford

“Learn to reason forward and backward on both sides of a question.”
~ Thomas Blandi

“Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.”
~ James Harvey Robinson

“He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.”
~ Sir William Drummond

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Dialogue is a conversation in which people think together in relationship. Thinking together implies that you no longer take your own position as final. You relax your grip on certainty and listen to the possibilities that result from being in a relationship with others – possibilities that might not otherwise have occurred.”
~ Bill Isaacs

“The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
~ Alvin Toffler


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