Life Long Learning: Favorite Quotes

Anyone who stops learning is old whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

If you follow this blog or read any of The Exercises I have written, you know I love the great insights and gems of wisdom that are found in quotes. You also know that I am an avid Life Long Learner. I believe the best leaders are outstanding learners. They are also outstanding "executors" of what they learn. Leading is more then thinking and having inspiring ideas. Leadership is the ability to then bring into reality the ideas that matter the most. But, this post is to give you a good sampling of my favorite quotes on learning.
Read them over.
Linger a bit on ones that get your attention.
Then think about the reflection questions I provide at the end.
From the Bible
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40
To learn you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. Proverbs 12:1 (NLT)
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6
If you want to read more about knowledge and wisdom, read Proverbs 1-3 for a concentrated dose of proverbial wisdom about "wisdom" and thus about learning.
From the Past
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
The learning and knowledge that we have is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato
If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy; if your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult. Chinese Proverb
I am still learning. Michelangelo, age 81
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
From the Present
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill
Once you stop learning, you start dying. Albert Einstein
Organizations learn only through individuals who learn. Peter Senge (organizational learning consultant)
You should always be learning. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong place. Erika Bearman
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.  Coach John Wooden
The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. Robert Greenleaf
In times of change the learners will inherit the earth, while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.  Eric Hoffer
Taking charge of your own learning is part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.  Warren Bennis
From the Imaginary
Much to learn, you still have.  Yoda
The Reflection Questions
  • Which of the above quotes really spoke to you . . . and what were you hearing in the quote?
  • How are you doing right now with your own Life Long Learning?
  • Do you have persistent and consistent patterns of learning?
  • What is on the front burner of your learning right now?
  • How well are you integrating what you are learning?
May you have all the grace needed to be an avid learner who then leads out of a full mind and heart.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International