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Saraswati, goddess of learning, music and the arts, and consort of Brahma in Indian theology.

Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, power, and "divine knowledge." She is a female (energy) side to Great Spirit. In Japan she is venerated as a Guardian Deity in Buddhism, upholding Buddha's teachings, and offering protection and assistance to practitioners.

From the iconography: The four arms represent sides to human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego, by one interpretation.

  • Divine knowledge is represented by the book in one hand;
  • The power of meditation and spirituality by the garland of crystal;
  • Perfection of all arts and sciences, also music, by the veena.
  • The pot of sacred water represents purity and the power to purify human thought, and also creative powers.

A 'white swan', hamsa - or a peacock - is placed next to her feet. In India, the swan traditionally represents judicious discernment, or discrimination, and also discerning between the abiding and the fleeting. It culminates in divine discernment through a process of transcendental meditation.


A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. [Bob Edwards]

A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled. [Plutarch]

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. [Ernest Hemingway]

Cultivate a spirit of humour. Enjoy the sunshine. [Baird Spalding]

Education is the art of making man ethical. [Georg Hegel, 1821]

Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is. [William Glasser]

Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit. [Georg C. Lichtenberg]

Every [?] act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all. [Thomas Szasz]

[Much] education springs from some image of the future. If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its education system will betray its youth. [With Alvin Toffler]

Every child has, at birth, a greater potential than Leonardo Da Vinci ever used. [Let us hope that.] [Glenn Doman]

For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences. [Miguel De Cervantes]

How can we help students to understand that the tragedy of life is not death; the tragedy is to die with commitments undefined and convictions undeclared and service unfulfilled? [Vachel Lindsay]

I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were Where, What, When, Why, How, and Who. [Rudyard Kipling]

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. [Mark Twain]

I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. [Winston Churchill]

It is always in season for old men to learn. [Aeschylus]

It is the teacher's function to contrive conditions under which students learn. It has always been the task of formal education to set up behaviour which would prove useful or enjoyable later in a student's life. [B.F. Skinner]

Learn one new thing everyday, [and] you [may] overcome 99% of your competition. [Joe Carlozo]

Learn the luxury of doing good. [Oliver Goldsmith]

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. [Elisabeth Kubler-Ross]

Learn to pause. [Doug King]

Learning . . . must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. [Abigail Adams]

Learning . . . is [also] an end in itself. [Robert Heinlein]

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. [Leon Trotsky]

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. [Chinese Proverb]

Learning is finding out what you already know. [Richard Bach]

Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival. [W. Edwards Deming]

Learning is not so much an additive process, with new learning simply piling up on top of existing knowledge, as it is an active, dynamic process in which the connections are constantly changing and the structure reformatted." [K. Patricia Cross]

Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment. [Novalis]

Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense . . . The learned are mere literary drudges. [William Hazlitt]

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail. [Luciano Pavarotti]

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. [Buddha]

Look to the future, learn from the past, and deal with the present. [George Fernandez]

More can be learned from what works than from what fails. [Rene Dubos]

No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he himself believes to be of value. [Bertrand Russell]

People are constantly clamouring for the joy of life. As for me . . . to learn something is a joy to me. [August J. Strindberg]

Read something positive every night and listen to something helpful every morning. [Tom Hopkins]

Some people do better studying one subject at a time, while some do better studying three things at once. Some people do best studying in a structured, linear way, while others do best jumping around, "surrounding" a subject rather than traversing it. Some people prefer to learn by manipulating models, and others by reading. [Bill Gates]

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability. [Francis Bacon]

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. [Chinese proverb]

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. [Chinese Proverb]

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. [Marcus Annaeus Seneca]

That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice. [Hitopadesa]

The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories. [Frank Smith]

The day that you stop learning can be the day that you start decreasing your rewards and start suffering from frustration and lower levels of satisfaction. [With Brian Tracy]

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. [Albert Einstein]

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. [Albert Einstein The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. [Audre Lorde]

The less unnecessary effort you put into learning, the more successful you'll be . . . Doing the wrong thing with more intensity rarely improves the situation. [Tony Buzan]

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. [Plutarch]

The resolute [may] overcome the obstacles to learning, but it takes more than resolves in the long run. [Cf. Eugene S. Wilson]

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. [George Santayana]

There is sound learning and other forms of learning. The latter bring woes also.

Those who have learned a lot are in a position to admit how little they know. [NN]

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought – that is being educated. [Edith Hamilton]

View life as a continuous learning experience. [Denis Waitley]

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

We retain from our studies only that which we practically apply. [Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe]

What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are. [David O. McKay]

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

When one is at play, one should not think of one's learning. [Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield]


Learning quotations, Literature  

Buzan, Tony. The Buzan Study Skills Handbook: The Shortcut to Success in Your Studies with Mind Mapping, Speed Reading and Winning Memory Techniques. Harlow, Essex: BBC Active / Pearson Education, 2006.

Gross, Michael. Peak Learning. Rev. ed. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1999.

Phye, Gary D, ed. Handbook of Academic Learning: Construction of Knowledge. London: Academic Press, 1997.

Schunk, Dale H. Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective. 6th ed. London: Pearson, 2012.

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