V. Education

~ The Geographer by Vermeer


A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step[1].

In every man there is something wherein I may learn from him;

And in that I am his pupil[2].

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants[3].


I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance[4].

Earthly knowledge is but a shadow[5].

Doubt is the key of knowledge[6].

He that nothing questions, nothing learns.


Learn as if you could not reach your object,

And always fear that you would lose what you have learnt.[7]

To learn without thinking is labor lost;

To think without learning is perilous![8]


Set your heart on the Way of Truth.[9]

To hear the Way of Truth in the morning

and then die at night,

That would be all right.[10]


There is no royal road to learning[11].

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Rule youth well, and age will rule itself.

Learn not, know not.


Diligence is a great teacher[12].

Where bees are, there is honey.

Curiosity is the key to creativity[13].

Every why has a wherefore.


To learn without thinking is fruitless;

To think without learning is dangerous[14].

Books have led some to learning

And others to madness[15].


You must learn all things,

both the unwavering heart of well-rounded truth

and the opinions of mortals in which

there is no true warranty[16].


Seek ye first the good things of the mind

And the rest will either be supplied

Or its lost will not be felt[17].

It is the mind that makes the body rich[18].

[1] Attributed to Lao Tze.

[2] Attributed to Emerson.

[3] Attributed to Isaac Newton

[4] Attributed to Socrates.

[5] Attributed to Plato.

[6] Persian proverb.

[7] Analects Book VIII, Chapter XVII.

[8] Analects Book II, Chapter XV.

[9] Analects Book VII, Chapter 6.

[10] Analects Book IV, Chapter 9.

[11] Attributed to Euclid.

[12] Arabic proverb.

[13] Attributed to Akio Morita.

[14] Attributed to Confucius.

[15] Attributed to Francesco Petrarch.

[16] Attributed to Parmenides.

[17] Attributed to Francis Bacon.

[18] Attributed to Andrew Carnegie.

2 Responses to “V. Education”
  1. jamesesz says:

    Just talking to myself right here. But I think I need to include Hegel’s Learning Paradox into this piece. Making a note so I do not FORGET.

  2. jamesesz says:

    Thing present are judged by things past. Today is the scholar of yesterday.
    Coming events cast their shadows before. What has been, may be. He that would know what shall be, must consider what has been.

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