A Quote by Katherine Paterson on reality, life, and learning

"Nothing's turned out the way it's supposed to." (Gilly)
"How you mean supposed to?  Life ain't supposed to be nothing, 'cept maybe tough... All that stuff about happy endings is lies.  The only ending in this world is death.  Now that might or might not be happy, but either way, you ain't ready to die...  Sometimes in this world things come easy, and you tend to lean back an say, 'Well, finally, happy ending.  This is the way things is supposed to be.'  Like life owed you good things...And there is lots of good things, baby... But you just fool yourself if you expect good things all the time.  They ain't what's regular -  don't nobody owe 'em to you. " (Trotter)
"If life is so bad, how come you're so happy?" (Gilly)
"Did I say bad?  I said it was tough.  Nothing to make you happy like doing good on a tough job, now is there?" (Trotter)

Katherine Paterson

Source: The Great Gilly Hopkins, Pages: 147..148

Contributed by: Ixchelle

A Quote by Portia Nelson on life, learning, blame, habits, patterns, understanding, enlightenment, and autobiography

Chapter One of My Life.  I walk down the street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It still takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I'm in the same place! But it isn't my fault. And it still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in. It's a habit! My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter Four.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five.  I walk down a different street.

Portia Nelson

Contributed by: Aradhana

A Quote by Jack Welch on organization, learning, and advantage

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Jack Welch

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by David Bohm on learning, knowledge, and ego

Can we learn to become more learning-oriented individually and collectively, rather than 'I know' oriented?

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 36

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by unknown on learning

Learning is a lifetime process, it doesnt end at high school or college


Source: Mrs. Gomez (A spanish teacher)

Contributed by: Daniel

A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on tao, learning, understanding, and form

It is only when the formed learns from the unformed that there is understanding.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: The Book of Chuang Tzu (Arkana S.), Pages: 205

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on learning and reading

If you are a man of learning,
read something classic,
a history of the human struggle
and don't settle for mediocre verse.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Kulliyat-i-Shams

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Thomas Szasz on humble, humility, ego, children, age, learning, self-importance, vanity, and self-esteem

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; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on paulo, coelho, eleven, minutes, learning, and limitation

The most important experiences we can have are those that take us to the very limit.  That is the only way we learn, because it requires all our courage.

Paulo Coelho

Source: Eleven Minutes

Contributed by: Felipe

A Quote by unknown on solitude, learning, and alone

"Solitude is learning that we are not alone when we are alone."


Contributed by: cHrYsTiE

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