Think of the words education and learning. Quickly, you imagine a professor droning about history or speaking a garbled language that is actually calculus or perhaps the library – your second home or a well-lighted study with a leaning tower of books. Am I right?
While we’re supposed to take our formal education seriously, other forms of learning and different ways to acquire knowledge go beyond the clichéd four walls of the classroom, at least according to these celebrated thinkers and artists.
And this makes us students of life.
Imagination creates possibilities
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~ Carl Sagan
School doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about life. That is, according to the 6-year old genius, Calvin.
“I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.” ~Bill Watterson
Or having graduated from it means learning ends as well, because:
“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ~Julia Child
Teachers are not always supposedly humans. They could also be books and experience.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce
Education also becomes the foundation of important values
“When you know better you do better.” ~Maya Angelou
So care to know why or what or how
“He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.” -Danish Proverb
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” -Marie Curie
And to know you’ve learned something:
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~Albert Einstein