Inspirational John Dewey Quotes

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. This post features some Inspirational John Dewey Quotes.

John Dewey’s ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of functional psychology.

John Dewey Quotes
John Dewey Quotes

John Dewey Quotes

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

“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.”
― John Dewey

“A problem well put is half solved.”
― John Dewey

“We only think when confronted with a problem.”
― John Dewey

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”
― John Dewey

“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. ”
― John Dewey

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”
― John Dewey

“Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.”
― John Dewey

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
― John Dewey

“The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important.”
― John Dewey

“To me faith means not worrying.”
― John Dewey

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
― John Dewey

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
― John Dewey

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

“The only way to abolish war is to make peace seem heroic.”
― John Dewey

“There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.”
― John Dewey

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”
― 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.”
― John Dewey

“Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
― John Dewey

“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

“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

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

“Of all affairs, communication is the most wonderful.”
― John Dewey

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
John Dewey quotes

“The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alteration of old beliefs.”
― John Dewey

“The educational process has no end beyond itself; it is its own end.”
― John Dewey

“The goal of education is to enable individuals to continue their education.”
― John Dewey

“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

“Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.”
― John Dewey

“The ultimate function of literature is to appreciate the world, sometimes indignantly, sometimes sorrowfully, but best of all to praise when it is luckily possible.”
― John Dewey

“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 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 quotes

“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

Inspirational Theodor Adorno Quotes

Theodor W. Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer. This post features some Inspirational Theodor Adorno Quotes.

Theodor Adorno is known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the work of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society.

He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy, as well as one of its preeminent essayists. As a critic of both fascism and what he called the culture industry, his writings—such as Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), Minima Moralia (1951) and Negative Dialectics (1966)—strongly influenced the European New Left.

Theodor Adorno Quotes
Theodor Adorno Quotes

Theodor Adorno Quotes

“Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.”
― Theodor Adorno

“To those who no longer have a homeland, writing becomes home.”
Theodor Adorno quotes

“Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass available.”
― Theodor Adorno

“People know what they want because they know what other people want.”
― Theodor Adorno

“There is no love that is not an echo.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.”
― Theodor Adorno

“There is no right life in the wrong one.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Dissonance is the truth about harmony.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art.”
― Theodor Adorno

“True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Talent is perhaps nothing other than successfully sublimated rage.”
― Theodor Adorno

“For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Art is the social antithesis of society, not directly deducible from it.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Triviality is evil – triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Only thought which does violence to itself is hard enough to shatter myth.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Pleasure always means not to think about anything, to forget suffering even where it is shown. Basically it is helplessness. It is flight; not, as is asserted, flight from a wretched reality, but from the last remaining thought of resistance.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Freud made the discovery- quite genuinely, simply through working on his own material- that the more deeply one explores the phenomena of human individuation, the more unreservedly one grasps the individual as a self-contained and dynamic entity, the closer one draws to that in the individual which is really no longer individual.”
― Theodor Adorno

“It would be advisable to think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go hungry anymore, that there should be no more torture, no more Auschwitz. Only then will the idea of progress be free from lies.”
― Theodor Adorno

“He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest. While he gropingly forms his own life in the frail image of a true existence, he should never forget its frailty, nor how little the image is a substitute for true life. Against such
awareness, however, pulls the momentum of the bourgeois within him.”
― Theodor Adorno

Inspirational Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) was an American philosopher and logician. This post features some Inspirational Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes.

He is recognized as “one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.” He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard from 1956 to 1978. A 2009 poll conducted among analytic philosophers named Quine as the fifth most important philosopher of the past two centuries. He won the first Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy in 1993.

Quine falls squarely into the analytic philosophy tradition while also being the main proponent of the view that philosophy is not conceptual analysis but the abstract branch of the empirical sciences.

Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes
Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

“Necessity resides in the way we talk about things, not in the things we talk about.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Logic chases truth up the tree of grammar.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Life is what the least of us make the most of us feel the least of us make the most of.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Language is a social art.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption. ”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“At root what is needed for scientific inquiry is just receptivity to data, skill in reasoning, and yearning for truth. Admittedly, ingenuity can help too.”
Willard Van Orman Quine

“Science is not a substitute for common sense, but an extension of it.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“As an empiricist I continue to think of the conceptual scheme of science as a tool, ultimately, for predicting future experience in the light of past experience.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Life is agid, life is fulgid. Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of. Life is a burgeoning, a quickening of the dim primordial urge in the murky wastes of time.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine quotes

“It is within science itself, and not in some prior philosophy, that reality is to be identified and described.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Physical objects are conceptually imported into the situation as convenient intermediaries not by definition in terms of experience, but simply as irreducible posits comparable, epistemologically, to the gods of Homer . . . For my part I do, qua lay physicist, believe in physical objects and not in Homer’s gods; and I consider it a scientific error to believe otherwise. But in point of epistemological footing, the physical objects and the gods differ only in degree and not in kind. Both sorts of entities enter our conceptions only as cultural posits.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“To be is to be the value of a variable.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put into three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: ‘What is there?’ It can be answered, moreover, in a word–‘Everything’–and everyone will accept this answer as true.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump. ”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“It is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“The word ‘definition’ has come to have a dangerously reassuring sound, owing no doubt to its frequent occurrence in logical and mathematical writings.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine