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Last Updated on August 8, 2019

16 Timeless Quotes About The Power Of Learning

16 Timeless Quotes About The Power Of Learning

As humans, we have few or no true instincts. Everything we do, we have learned to do, from walking to programming complex computer systems. Philosophers, educators, and many others have been talking about the nature of learning since the earliest days of recorded history, and probably even before that. These 16 quotes, from a wide variety of times, explore different aspects related to learning.

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    Each of us have our own gifts, but everyone has the gift of a capacity to learn. Obviously, each man or woman’s level of this gift is different, but it is always there. What is important, and what Brian Herbert recognizes, is that you should make the most of your gift by choosing to exercise and build on your skill for learning.

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      Benjamin Franklin was one of the wisest men in American history, perhaps in world history. Refusing to make the choice to learn, Franklin points out, is a serious shame. Why would you disregard your gift of the capacity for learning? Even if you do not have the same capability for learning as someone like Franklin or Einstein, it is important to make the most of the ability you do have.

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        da Vinci put this very well. Learning promotes understanding, and understanding something brings more satisfaction and joy than almost anything else, and in a very noble way. Strive to always learn more and understand more.

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          If you consider yourself too smart to keep learning, you’re dead wrong! As Herold points out, the geniuses of the world have more to learn, if they are going to use their gift of a great capacity for learning to its fullest potential. This is why it’s important to never stop learning.

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            We turn again to Benjamin Franklin, and his thoughts on how best to learn. While everyone learns differently, it is very common for interaction to promote the best type of learning. It’s important to listen to our teachers, but we should get involved to truly learn.

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              Leonardo da Vinci was a great mind, and his contributions to society were just as great. Many people may try to avoid learning because they are lazy and don’t want to put forth the effort. While you can certain get mentally exhausted, it is not proper learning that exhausts your mind. Learning actually stimulates your mind, if it’s done properly.

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                How do you properly learn? Through repetition, as Declara founder Ramona Pierson learned when she was learning to walk and talk again after a tragic accident. Quite often, repeating something is the best way to learn it, so don’t be afraid of a little redundancy when learning.

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                  Confucius was very wise, and his contributions to learning are almost endless. This timeless quote makes it clear that learning and thinking to hand in hand, and that failing to learn can be extremely dangerous.

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                    Yes, you are taught many things in school, but how many of them did you truly learn? How much do you remember today? What you remember today of what you learned in school is true education and learning, because it has stuck with you throughout the years.

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                      Bruce Lee was more than just a skilled martial artist, he was also an accomplished learner and teacher, as well as a philosopher. It is absolutely true that asking questions, no matter how foolish they may seem, does much more to promote learning than reciting facts and figures without stopping to listen and think about what needs to be learned.

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                        Euripides was one of the wisest philosophers and playrights of the classic Athens age. On par with Socrates, Euripides points out that you should ask questions and listen to the answers, rather than trying to show off what you know.

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                          Once you already know how to do something, continuing to do it is simply pointless reptition. Keep learning by finding new things to do, or new ways to do the old things. If you cannot do something, try to do it and learn how!

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                            Lou Holtz restresses what Euripides told us: we learn by asking questions and listening to the answers. Sure, it’s important to help others learn by answering their questions, but it is even more important to continue your own learning by asking questions and then listening carefully.

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                              How many people learned to walk by following a how-to guide? Chances are, not many, because that’s not a way to learn. To learn is to do, and to fail. From our mistakes come learning.

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                                I’ve said this many times, and I’ll say it again. Never stop learning. What Gandhi is saying here is that you should learn as if the stuff you’re learning will be crucial to you even hundreds of years from now, as if you were going to live forever.

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                                  To end out this article, we’ll turn to an unlikely source: Jack Nicholson. He’s absolutely right, though, that someone who stops learning might as well be dead, because they are stagnant intellectually. Always be learning, and always keep stretching your intellect.

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                                  Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                                  5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

                                  5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

                                  Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

                                  All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

                                  The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

                                  “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

                                  The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

                                  “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

                                  The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

                                  “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

                                  So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

                                    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

                                    1. Build a Memory Palace

                                      What is it?

                                      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

                                      How to use it?

                                      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

                                      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

                                      Example

                                      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

                                      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
                                      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
                                      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
                                      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
                                      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

                                      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

                                      2. Mnemonic

                                        What is it?

                                        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

                                        How to use it?

                                        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

                                        Example

                                        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

                                        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

                                        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

                                        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

                                        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

                                        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

                                        C

                                        J

                                        H

                                        D

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                                        P

                                        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

                                        Cubs

                                        Just

                                        Hate

                                        Doing

                                        Push-ups

                                        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

                                        3. Mnemonic Peg System

                                          What is it?

                                          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                                          How to use it?

                                          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                                          Example

                                          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                                          0 = hero

                                          1 = gun

                                          2 = shoe

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                                          3 = tree

                                          4 = door

                                          5 = hive

                                          6 = sticks

                                          7 = heaven

                                          8 = gate

                                          9 = line

                                          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                                          4. Chunking

                                            What is it?

                                            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                                            How to use it?

                                            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                                            Example

                                            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                                            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                                            081127882

                                            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                                            081 – 127 – 882

                                            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                                            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                                            5. Transfer of Learning

                                              What is it?

                                              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                                              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                                              How to use it?

                                              There are two specific ways to use it:

                                              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                                              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                                              Example

                                              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

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                                              The Bottom Line

                                              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                                              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                                              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                                              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                                              Reference

                                              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                                              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                                              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                                              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                                              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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