Learning Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old learning quotes, learning sayings, and learning proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.      

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.      

Chinese Proverb - (thanks to Alice Fonda-Marsland)

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.      

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

A penny for your thoughts.      

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Never mistake a single mistake with a final mistake.      

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.


You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Bill Gates

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

Robert A. Heinlein

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.      

Eartha Kitt

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.


The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.      

Mortimer Adler

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.      

Thomas Szasz

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

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.      

Henry S. Haskins

Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement.      

Robert John Meehan

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.      

George Evans

Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.      

Madeline Hunter

If learning is an act of exploration, then technology equips the explorer for the journey of a lifetime.      


It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.      

Leo Buscaglia

Teenagers learn best by doing things, they learn best in teams and they learn best by doing things for real - all the opposite of what mainstream schooling actually does.      

Geoff Mulgan

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.      

Abigail Adams

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.      

Henry Ford

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.      

Mark Twain

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.      

Eric Hoffer