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82 John Dewey Quotes on Life & Education (REFLECTION)

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Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.Pin
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.Pin
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.Pin
We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.
Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.Pin
Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.
The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.Pin
The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.Pin
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.Pin
All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.Pin
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
All genuine learning comes through experience.Pin
All genuine learning comes through experience.
Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place.Pin
Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place.

19 Thought-Provoking John Dewey Quotes

“We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future.”

John Dewey
No man's credit is as good as his money.Pin
No man’s credit is as good as his money.
Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart's desire.Pin
Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart’s desire.

“Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving conflict is a sine qua non of reflection and ingenuity.”

John Dewey
Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.Pin
Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
Hunger not to have, but to be.Pin
Hunger not to have, but to be.

“The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.”

John Dewey
There's all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.Pin
There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.
The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important.Pin
The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important.
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.Pin
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
Knowledge falters when imagination clips its wings or fears to use them.Pin
Knowledge falters when imagination clips its wings or fears to use them.
Expertness of taste is at once the result and reward of constant exercise of thinking.Pin
Expertness of taste is at once the result and reward of constant exercise of thinking.
Men’s fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake.Pin
Men’s fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake.
Legislation is a matter of more or less intelligent improvisation aiming at palliating conditions by means of patchwork policies.Pin
Legislation is a matter of more or less intelligent improvisation aiming at palliating conditions by means of patchwork policies.
Always make the other person feel important.Pin
Always make the other person feel important.
Thought is impossible without words.Pin
Thought is impossible without words.
The first step in freeing men from external chains was to emancipate them from the internal chains of false beliefs and ideals.Pin
The first step in freeing men from external chains was to emancipate them from the internal chains of false beliefs and ideals.
Creative thinking will improve as we relate the new fact to the old and all facts to each other.Pin
Creative thinking will improve as we relate the new fact to the old and all facts to each other.
Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.Pin
Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.

12 Wise John Dewey Quotes

“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.”

John Dewey
To me faith means not worrying.Pin
To me faith means not worrying.
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.Pin
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.

“For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an ‘ism becomes so involved in reaction against other ‘isms that it is unwittingly controlled by them. For it then forms its principles by reaction against them instead of by a comprehensive, constructive survey of actual needs, problems, and possibilities.”

John Dewey
By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.Pin
By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.
One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart.Pin
One lives with so many bad deeds on one’s conscience and some good intentions in one’s heart.

“There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract. The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials.”

John Dewey
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.Pin
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.
The only way to abolish war is to make peace seem heroic.Pin
The only way to abolish war is to make peace seem heroic.

“Every one has experienced how learning an appropriate name for what was dim and vague cleared up and crystallized the whole matter. Some meaning seems distinct almost within reach, but is elusive; it refuses to condense into definite form; the attaching of a word somehow (just how, it is almost impossible to say) puts limits around the meaning, draws it out from the void, makes it stand out as an entity on its own account.”

John Dewey
Nature as a whole is a progressive realization of purpose strictly comparable to the realization of purpose in any single plant or animal.Pin
Nature as a whole is a progressive realization of purpose strictly comparable to the realization of purpose in any single plant or animal.
Method means that arrangement of subject matter which makes it most effective in use. Never is method something outside of the material.Pin
Method means that arrangement of subject matter which makes it most effective in use. Never is method something outside of the material.

17 John Dewey Quotes About Education

“I believe that the community’s duty to education is, therefore, its paramount moral duty. By law and punishment, by social agitation and discussion, society can regulate and form itself in a more or less haphazard and chance way. But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move.”

John Dewey
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.Pin
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Education is not an affair of 'telling' and being told, but an active and constructive process.Pin
Education is not an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructive process.

“I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends. I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”

John Dewey
The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real problems.Pin
The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real problems.
The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.Pin
The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.
Skepticism the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.Pin
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
The educational process has no end beyond itself; it is its own end.Pin
The educational process has no end beyond itself; it is its own end.
The plea for the predominance of learning to read in early school life because of the great importance attaching to literature seems to be a perversion.Pin
The plea for the predominance of learning to read in early school life because of the great importance attaching to literature seems to be a perversion.
The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning.Pin
The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning.
I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.Pin
I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.
The school must be a genuine form of active community life, instead of a place set apart in which to learn lessons.Pin
The school must be “a genuine form of active community life, instead of a place set apart in which to learn lessons”.
The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind.Pin
The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind.
Schools have ignored the value of experience and chosen to teach by pouring in.Pin
Schools have ignored the value of experience and chosen to teach by pouring in.
Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time.Pin
Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time.
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.Pin
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.
The goal of education is to enable individuals to continue their education.Pin
The goal of education is to enable individuals to continue their education.

8 John Dewey Quotes About Teachers

“A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible independence of thought among its young.”

John Dewey
Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.Pin
Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.
You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow.Pin
You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow.

“Were all instructors to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked.”

John Dewey
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.Pin
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.
How can the child learn to be a free and responsible citizen when the teacher is boundPin
How can the child learn to be a free and responsible citizen when the teacher is bound?

“I believe that the teacher’s place and work in the school is to be interpreted from this same basis. The teacher is not in the school to impose certain ideas or to form certain habits in the child, but is there as a member of the community to select the influences which shall affect the child and to assist him in properly responding to these influences.”

John Dewey
What's in a question, you ask Everything. It is evoking stimulating response or stultifying inquiry. It is, in essence, the very core of teaching.Pin
What’s in a question, you ask? Everything. It is evoking stimulating response or stultifying inquiry. It is, in essence, the very core of teaching.

2 Motivational John Dewey Quotes for Self-Improvement

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.Pin
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.Pin
Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.

2 John Dewey Quotes About Old Beliefs

“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.”

John Dewey
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.Pin
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.

2 John Dewey Quotes About Problems

A problem well put is half solved.Pin
A problem well put is half solved.
We only think when we are confronted with problems.Pin
We only think when we are confronted with problems.

2 John Dewey Quotes About Science

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.Pin
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry.Pin
Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry.

8 John Dewey Quotes That Will Make You Think

“Every one has experienced how learning an appropriate name for what was dim and vague cleared up and crystallized the whole matter. Some meaning seems distinct almost within reach, but is elusive; it refuses to condense into definite form; the attaching of a word somehow (just how, it is almost impossible to say) puts limits around the meaning, draws it out from the void, makes it stand out as an entity on its own account.”

John Dewey
Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.Pin
Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.
Some experiences are mis-educative. Any experience is mis-educative that has the effect of arresting or distorting the growth of further experience.Pin
Some experiences are mis-educative. Any experience is mis-educative that has the effect of arresting or distorting the growth of further experience.
A tribe, let us say, is warlike. The successes for which it strives, the achievements upon which it sets store, are connected with fighting and victory.Pin
A tribe, let us say, is warlike. The successes for which it strives, the achievements upon which it sets store, are connected with fighting and victory.
Intellectually religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.Pin
Intellectually religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.
As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.Pin
As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.
The ultimate aim of production is not production of goods but the production of free human beings associated with one another on terms of equality.Pin
The ultimate aim of production is not production of goods but the production of free human beings associated with one another on terms of equality.
Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society.Pin
Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society.
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