Inspiring Quotes on Learning

These quotes are food for thought.

Why only small improvements? 

 “Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made.  Don‘t ask for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time.  That‘s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.”  

 English Teacher & UCLA Basketball Coach Legend John Wooden

Teach until one learns?

“Coach, I have taught my team to rebound, but they just don’t learn. … Swen, you say you taught them, but you have not taught until they have learned.”     

Basketball Coach John Wooden

Why practice at all?

“If you want to learn to play a (musical) instrument or get better at playing an instrument there is a guaranteed way that you can achieve this: practice. Like with anything we decide to learn, the more we do something the better we get at doing it. This applies to everything we do in life. Its obvious that practice is a requirement of becoming a better musician, so you want to set up a good routine that is enjoyable and will keep you motivated to want to continue practicing.”     

Music Practice & Motivation

Why practice daily?

“Musicians advocate that practice is of utmost importance in the development of any player. Jascha Heifetz, possibly the 20th Century’s most amazing violinist, said, “If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.”  

Violinist Jasha Heifetz quoted in ‘Perfect Practice Makes Perfect: Inspiring Players to Practice Their Art’

What is excellence?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”                                           Aristotle quoted

What really is “knowledge”?

The questions do really come first. You can keep formulating them.  Answering them can be a lifetime quest.

“These, then, are the … questions we ask, and it is in the answers to these questions that our knowledge consists.”   

 Aristotle – Posterior Analytics – Part 2 – FirsView Postt Sentence

Is learning math hard work?

“I have described the elements of my program. I believe that they can be duplicated elsewhere with ease.  The key, for the teacher as well as for the student, is hard work.  Hard work makes the future.  When hard work is combined with love, humor and a recognition of the “ganas” – the desire to learn, the ability to sacrifice, the wish to get ahead – that burns in our young people, the stereotypes and the barriers begin to crumble.“ 

Master Mathematics Teacher Jaime Escalante