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You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.

— Sean Connery (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

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The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstruction in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought, so far, to be a benefactor to mankind.

— David Hume (1754, by Allan Ramsay; Public Domain)

Ultimately, we all need to take responsibility for our own advancement in life. Consider all of the people throughout human history who have had incredible odds stacked against them, yet they still picked up a math book, or a science book, and dedicated themselves to the mastery of a skill, thus becoming a benefactor to mankind. 

—Mike Hazell

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I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

— Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

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It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

— Victor Hugo (1876, by Étienne Carjat; Public Domain)

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Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought with ardor and diligence.

—Abigail Adams (by Benjamin Blyth; Public Domain)

We do, indeed, learn a lot by mere chance as we go through our lives. But how much of that, after our formal education, has been by design rather than simply what we pick up along the way? Focused, concentrated learning throughout our lifetime will not only give us wisdom guided by intelligence, it will also help keep our most important tool—our mind—sharp and vigilant.

We have so many wonderful options today that weren’t available at any point throughout history. From searching for a book online and being able to read it within minutes on a device, to platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Lynda.com, and The Great Courses which allow us a focused learning experience on a specific topic, we can learn virtually anything from wherever we are.

Even if just for thirty minutes per day, commit to increasing your mental prowess by studying some topic of interest. You will be amazed at the long-term benefits which will follow.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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If you can’t explain it, you don’t understand it.

Knight, Chuck Emerson Chairman 74 to 04

—Chuck Knight, Chairman of Emerson Electric, 1974-2004

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A Great Book

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

Davies, Robertson

—Robertson Davies

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Pour the contents of your purse into your head.

Franklin Ben

—Ben Franklin

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I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.

Marx, Groucho

—Groucho Marx


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Dewey on Education

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Dewey, John

—John Dewey


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