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  • "Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question—you have to want to know—in order to open up the space for the answer to fit."
    Clayton M. Christensen (1952–), US writer
    Source: Farnam Street blog (August 9, 2012)
  • "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
    John Wooden (19102010), US basketball player and coach
    Source: The Essential Wooden (2006)
  • "Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival."
    W. Edwards Deming (19001993), US consultant and author
    Source: Quoted in Discover Your Hidden Talents (Bill Lucas, 2005)
  • "You know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”"
    Douglas Adams (19522001), British author
    Source: The Salmon of Doubt (2004)
  • "The learning person looks forward to failure or mistakes. The worst problem in leadership is basically early success."
    Warren Bennis (1925–), US educator and writer
    Source: Quoted in Guide to the Management Gurus (C. Kennedy, 1998)
  • "True learning begins with unlearning."
    Fred Kofman, US writer
    Source: On Becoming a Leader (1998)
  • "Once a company has adapted to a new environment, it is no longer the organization it used to be; it has evolved. That is the essence of learning."
    Arie de Geus (1938–), Dutch writer
    Source: “The Living Company,” Harvard Business Review (1997)
  • "We’re not in cultures which support learning; we’re in cultures that give us the message consistently: “Don’t mess up, don’t make mistakes, don’t make the boss look bad, don’t give us any surprises.” So we’re asking for a kind of predictability, control, respect, and compliance that has nothing to do with learning."
    Walter Wriston (19192005), US banker
    Source: Interview with Scott London, US National Public Radio (November 1996)
  • "Many organizations are now trying to walk under the banner of The Learning Organization, realizing that knowledge is our most important product … But the only place that I’ve seen it is in the Army. As one colonel said, “We realized a while ago that it’s better to learn than be dead.”"
    Walter Wriston (19192005), US banker
    Source: Interview with Scott London, US National Public Radio (November 1996)
  • "Never let formal education get in the way of your learning."
    Mark Twain (18351910), US writer
    Source: Quoted in Jump Start Your Brain (Doug Hall, 1996)
  • "I'm not an educator … I'm a learner."
    Bill Gates (1955–), US entrepreneur, cofounder and chairman of Microsoft
    Source: The Road Ahead (cowritten with Nathan Myhrvold and Peter N. Rinearson, 1995)
  • "Learning and performance will become one and the same thing. Everything you say about learning will be about performance. People will get the point that learning is everything."
    Peter Block (1935–), US writer
    Source: “The Future of Workplace Learning and Performance,” Training and Development (1994)
  • "Over the long run, superior performance depends on superior learning."
    Peter Senge (1947–), US academic and author
    Source: “The Leader's New Work: Building Learning Organizations,” Sloan Management Review (1990)
  • "Individual learning is a necessary but insufficient condition for organizational learning."
    Chris Argyris (1923–), US academic and organizational behavior theorist
    Source: Organizational Learning: A Theory of Action Perspective (cowritten with Donald A. Schon, 1978)
  • "The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."
    Muhammad Ali (1942–), US boxer
    Source: Playboy (1975)
  • "Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn."
    Katharine Graham (19172001), US newspaper publisher and owner of Washington Post
    Source: “The Power That Didn't Corrupt,” Ms. (Jane Howard, 1974)
  • "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
    Alvin Toffler (1928–), US social commentator
    Source: Future Shock (1970)

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