10 Favorite Quotes on ‘Unlearning’

It’s a Popular Approach, From Futurist Alvin Toffler to Greek Philosopher Antisthenes.

1) “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler)

2) “The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.” (Pres. John F. Kennedy)

3) “In a time of drastic change, it is the unlearners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” (Eric Hoffer)

4) “In some sense, our ability to open the future will depend not on how well we learn anymore but on how well we are able to unlearn.” (Alan Kay)

5) “Two things seemed pretty apparent to me. One was that in order to be a pilot a man had to learn more than any one man ought to learn; and the other was that he must learn it all over again in a different way every 24 hours.” (Mark Twain)

6) “Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.” (Thomas Cardinal Wolsey)

7) “The most important lessons lay not in what I needed to learn, but in what I first needed to unlearn.” (Jim Collins)

8) “Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything — all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it.” (Charly in “Flowers for Algernon”)

9) “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” (Antisthenes)

10) “The difficulty lies not in new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of have been, into the corners of our minds.” (John Maynard Keynes)


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