7 Quotes focusing on learning: My Thoughts

Here are some writings of my thoughts based on these 7 quotes focusing on learning. My thoughts on these quotes will hopefully make you think and be inspired. Thanks for reading,
- Shemaiah

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

My thoughts: Having the ability to lead requires having the ability to learn more than you think you already know. True leaders understand action alone is not enough, but leading with knowledge is important. Knowledge gives security in confirming your ability to lead based on the correct experience. Facts, information, and skill that has been tested with challenges over a period of time births potential leadership. Great leaders acquire learning as a habit in order to add such value. Both leadership and learning work together and usually comes with experience. Can anyone lead? Is this a skill set only some have? Or is it by choice? Do we decide to step up and out of our comfort zone and begin to take charge of our life both professionally and personally? Learning is the gas for the vehicle of leadership. Without the ability to learn, no one can truly lead.

"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." -Bruce Lee

My thoughts: Was the wise man ever foolish? Was the fool ever wise? Maybe the fool was never wise or maybe the fool stopped learning? Is the wise man wise because despite how foolish the question is, something is learned? Definition of wise is: having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Definition of a fool is: a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person. So does this mean that the fool is not able to learn because they believe they are already wise? Lack of experience? I think the wise man chooses to learn and the fool chooses to remain the same. Meaning the fool only wants to seem wise, but have no experience to back up proof of learning. The word question is defined as: a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information. Answer is defined as: a thing said, written, or done to deal with or as a reaction to a question, statement, or situation. Is the fool lacking experience, knowledge, and good judgment? Something to think about.

"Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent." - Billy Graham

My thoughts: First sentence gets me thinking.. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning. Yes, I've made mistakes and am learning. The second sentence, yes waiting and growing is a process most of us experience. Three times "ing" is used in a presentence as a current action. Life is going and we are constantly making mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. I take from this quote that we should have the mindset that we make mistakes but have the opportunity to learn. We wait but grow, we practice patience and remain persistent while growing. The word persistent definition is: continually firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. My take on this is that each life has the elements of difficulty or opposition, but remaining patient and persistent in life's course makes the difference.

"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance." - Morgan Freeman

My thoughts:

Let's define the word stillness: the absence of movement or sound.

Let's define the word radiance: light or heat as emitted or reflected by something.

This gives a sense of pausing and listening/reflecting on something. Almost like if you are enjoying the moment and letting that moment become a highlight you can go back to. For an example, you are out with family and you choose to cherish a moment whether it is a great conversation or everyone is enjoying the meal at the dinner table. My take is to learn to let moments become a light of inspiring memories. Think about the "good times" and maybe those moments that trigger thoughts of a place in time where you were "still" and that emotion for that stillness became radiant. Meaning, there are possibly moments in life that when we choose to cherish that moment in time, it becomes a great memory we will always remember. Ever so often I will say the words "Enjoy. This.  Moment" to bring awareness that life needs to have moments where you create a memory that lasts a lifetime. Meaning you have to make time to enjoy life, and not let the opportunity slip away.

"Everything is a learning process: any time you fall over, it's just teaching you to stand up the next time." - Joel Edgerton

My thoughts: Fall down and get back up again. The fall is to be expected but to get up is a personal choice.

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

My thoughts: You can substitute the word live with the word dance or sing and there is truth in that. As long as you live, keep learning to live. To learn you have to do and do better. You stop living when you stop learning. You stop learning when you stop doing.  

"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

My thoughts: Difficulty grows skill if we learn from it. I think we all were afraid once at some point, but being open to learning sharpens skill to navigate through difficult storms. When you learn to sail the ship in the storm, you then grow and gain experience from that and become better.  Storms don't adjust to us and our level of ability to navigate, but we must adjust and learn to get through the storm (metaphorically speaking).

Proverbs 18:15 MSG
15 Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.

My thoughts: wise people are open to fresh new insights through a lens that reveals the truth. Learning is knowing and is confirmed with undeniable facts.

Lady Justice is blindfolded. Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness; blind justice and impartiality.

My thoughts: Truth weighs the scale, and from that result we learn.


Below is from University of Washington School of Law

Themis, Goddess of Justice


Updated Feb. 28, 2012.
Originally prepared by Barbara Swatt. Updated by Cheryl Nyberg.

A common representation of Justice is a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. The origin of the Goddess of Justice goes back to antiquity. She was referred to as Ma'at by the ancient Egyptians and was often depicted carrying a sword with an ostrich feather in her hair (but no scales) to symbolize truth and justice. The term magistrate is derived from Ma'at because she assisted Osiris in the judgment of the dead by weighing their hearts. [1]

To the ancient Greeks she was known as Themis, originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies." [2] Her ability to foresee the future enabled her to become one of the oracles at Delphi, which in turn led to her establishment as the goddess of divine justice. Classical representations of Themis did not show her blindfolded (because of her talent for prophecy, she had no need to be blinded) nor was she holding a sword (because she represented common consent, not coercion). [3]

The Roman goddess of justice was called Justitia and was often portrayed as evenly balancing both scales and a sword and wearing a blindfold. She was sometimes portrayed holding the fasces (a bundle of rods around an ax symbolizing judicial authority) in one hand and a flame in the other (symbolizing truth). [4]

Themis, Goddess of Justice — Gallagher Law Library, Originally prepared by Barbara Swatt. Updated by Cheryl Nyberg, lib.law.washington.edu/content/guides/themis.