John Dewey Quotes

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John Dewey Quotes

The imagination is the medium of appreciation in every field. The engagement of the imagination is the only thing that makes any activity more than mechanical. Unfortunately, it is too customary to identify the imaginative with the imaginary, rather than with a warm and intimate taking in of the full scope of a situation.
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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

— 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 most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.

— John Dewey

Forty years spent in wandering in a wilderness like that of the present is not a sad fate
unless one attempts to make himself believe that the wilderness is after all itself the promised land

— John Dewey

Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.

— John Dewey

How can the child learn to be a free and responsible citizen when the teacher is bound?

— John Dewey

Purposeful action is thus the goal of all that is truly educative.

— John Dewey

As a child lives today, he will live tomorrow.

— John Dewey

There is no greater egoism than that of learning when it is treated simply as a mark of personal distinction to be held and cherished for its own sake ... [K]knowledge is a possession held in trust for the furthering of the well-being of all

— John Dewey

A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability.

— John Dewey

The real purveyors of the news are artists, for artists are the ones who infuse fact with perception, emotion, and appreciation ... We are beginning to realize that emotions and imagination are more potent in shaping public sentiment and opinion than information and reason.

— John Dewey

Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts.

— John Dewey

Balance is balancing.

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Every subject at some phase of its development should possess, what is for the individual concerned with it, an aesthetic quality.

— John Dewey

The problem of education in a democratic society is to do away with ... dualism and to construct a course of studies which makes thought a guide of free practice for all and which makes leisure a reward of accepting responsibility for service, rather than a state of exemption from it.

— John Dewey

Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity in all but the very exceptional. And measuring originality by deviation from the mass breeds eccentricity in them.

— John Dewey

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