John Banville on University

“I don’t think I would have learned much more, and I don’t think I would have had the nerve to tackle some of the things I tackled as a young writer if I had been to university – I would have been beaten into submission by my lecturers.”

~ John Banville | Wikipedia

Confucius on Wisdom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

~ Confucius

Leonardo da Vinci on Study

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

~ Leonardo da Vinci

Mara Bar Serapion on Wealth

Follow diligently learning rather than riches.  For the greater are one’s possessions, the greater is the evil attendant upon them.  For I have myself observed that, where a man’s goods are many, so also are the tribulations which happen to him; and, where luxuries are accumulated, there also do sorrows congregate; and, where riches are abundant, there is stored up the bitterness of many a year.

~ Mara Bar Serapion,_Son_of_Serapion

Charlie Munger on Learning

I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don’t believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody’s that smart.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Learning

I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Ideas

“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.”

~ Charlie Munger

Hunter Thompson on Learning from Mistakes

“Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Epictetus on Learning

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

~ Epictetus