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John Dewey Quotes

(1859-1952), American Philosopher, Educator

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

Category: Action

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.

Category: Action

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

Category: Adaptability

We only think when we are confronted with problems.

Category: Challenges

The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a ''pet'' notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different.

Category: Choice

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.

Category: Education

Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.

Category: Goals

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.

Category: Happiness

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.

Category: Logic

Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.

Category: Luck

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

Category: Science And Scientists

The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.

Category: Self-improvement

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.

Category: Skepticism

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.

Category: Thoughts And Thinking