John Dewey Sayings and Quotes

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


If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow.     

John Dewey

Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.     

John Dewey

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.     

John Dewey

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.     

John Dewey

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.     

John Dewey

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.     

John Dewey

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.     

John Dewey

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.     

John Dewey

Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.     

John Dewey

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.     

John Dewey

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.     

John Dewey

Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving.     

John Dewey

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.     

John Dewey

Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.     

John Dewey

Things gain meaning by being used in a shared experience or joint action.     

John Dewey

Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone's knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier.     

John Dewey

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.     

John Dewey

Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.     

John Dewey

Intellectually religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.     

John Dewey

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.     

John Dewey

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.     

John Dewey

Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry.     

John Dewey

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.     

John Dewey

No man's credit is as good as his money.     

John Dewey

Cooperation called fraternity in the classic French formula is as much a part of the democratic ideal as is personal initiative. That cultural conditions were allowed to develop (markedly so in the economic phase) which subordinated cooperativeness to liberty and equality serves to explain the decline in the two latter.     

John Dewey

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.     

John Dewey

Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.     

John Dewey

Insight into soul-action, ability to discriminate the genuine from the sham and capacity to further one and discourage the other.     

John Dewey

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.     

John Dewey

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.     

John Dewey