Sermon quotes on learning

Abigail Adams

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

Thomas Aquinas

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

David Brainerd

We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.

Edmund Burke

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

Leo Buscaglia

Change is the end result of all true learning.

Jim Collins

Truly great [leaders], no matter how successful they become, maintain a learning curve as steep as when they first began their careers.

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In.

Dr. Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Henry Drummond

Is life not full of opportunities for learning love? Every man and woman every day has a thousand of them. The world is not a playground; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love.

Albert Einstein

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Henry Ford

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.

E.M. Forster

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

Thomas Fuller

A stumble may prevent a fall.

Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. teach me and I remember. involve me and I learn.

George Herbert

A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.

Thomas a Kempis

That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Barbara Kingsolver

“I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.”

The Poisonwood Bible

C.S. Lewis

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way.

C.S. Lewis

If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,

And all the sweet serenity of books.

Martin Luther

When schools flourish, all flourishes.

George Macdonald

They are not the best students who are most dependent on books. What can be got out of them is at best only material; a man must build his house for himself.

Michelangelo (at age 87)

Ancora imparo.

Yet I am still learning.

Dennis Miller

You know there is a problem with the education system when you realize that out of the 3 R’s only one begins with an R.

Frederick W. Robertson

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.

James K.A. Smith

Such an intellectualist model of the human person-one that reduces us to mere intellect-assumes that learning (and hence discipleship) is primarily a matter of depositing ideas and beliefs into mind-containers. Critical education theorist Bell Hooks, echoing Paulo Freire, calls this a “banking model of education: we treat human learners as if they are safe-deposit boxes for knowledge and ideas, mere intellectual receptacles for beliefs.

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. 


Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Bram Stoker

“We learn from failure, not from success!”


Corrie Ten Boom

The best learning I had came from teaching. 


The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

John Wesley

The first priority of my life is to be holy, and the second goal of my life is to be a scholar.

G.V. Wigram

When people fail, we are inclined to find fault with them, but if you look more closely, you will find that God had some particular truth for them to learn, which the trouble they are in is to teach them.

N.T. Wright

The point of discourse is to learn with and from one another. I used to tell my students that at least 20 percent of what I was telling them was wrong, but I didn’t know which 20 percent it was: I make many mistakes in life, in relationships and in work, and I don’t expect to be free of them in my thinking.

Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, IVP Press.

Thomas Merton

We learn to live by living together with others, and by living like them—a process which has disadvantages as well as blessings.

No Man Is an Island

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Danish Proverb

One who is afraid of asking questions is ashamed of learning.

Source Unknown

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

Will Rogers

There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’.

The few who learn by observation.

The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. 

Os Guinness

The exiled Niccolo Machiavelli actually changed into his best clothes to enter into his nightly reading conversation with the ancients.

Taken from A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future by Os Guinness Copyright (c) 2013 by Os Guinness. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jacques Barzun

You know by instinct that it is impossible to “teach” democracy, or citizenship or a happy married life . . . They come, not from a course, but from a teacher; not from a curriculum, but from a human soul.  

Ernest Hemingway

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.  

Otto Von Bismarck

Any fool can learn from his mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.  

Nancy Byrd Turner

The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges.

John Of The Cross

Learn to understand more by not understanding than by understanding.

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