Inspirational John Dewey Quotes

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. This post features some Inspirational John Dewey Quotes.

John Dewey’s ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of functional psychology.

John Dewey Quotes
John Dewey Quotes

John Dewey Quotes

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
― John Dewey

“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.”
― John Dewey

“A problem well put is half solved.”
― John Dewey

“We only think when confronted with a problem.”
― John Dewey

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”
― John Dewey

“Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry. ”
― John Dewey

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”
― John Dewey

“Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.”
― John Dewey

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
― John Dewey

“The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important.”
― John Dewey

“To me faith means not worrying.”
― John Dewey

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
― John Dewey

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
― 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 only way to abolish war is to make peace seem heroic.”
― John Dewey

“There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.”
― John Dewey

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”
― John Dewey

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
― John Dewey

“Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
― John Dewey

“Were all instructors to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked.”
John Dewey

“We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future.”
― John Dewey

“The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.”
― John Dewey

“Of all affairs, communication is the most wonderful.”
― John Dewey

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
John Dewey quotes

“The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alteration of old beliefs.”
― John Dewey

“The educational process has no end beyond itself; it is its own end.”
― John Dewey

“The goal of education is to enable individuals to continue their education.”
― John Dewey

“For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an ‘ism becomes so involved in reaction against other ‘isms that it is unwittingly controlled by them. For it then forms its principles by reaction against them instead of by a comprehensive, constructive survey of actual needs, problems, and possibilities.”
― John Dewey

“Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.”
― John Dewey

“The ultimate function of literature is to appreciate the world, sometimes indignantly, sometimes sorrowfully, but best of all to praise when it is luckily possible.”
― John Dewey

“The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.”
― John Dewey

“There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract. The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials.”
John Dewey quotes

“Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving…conflict is a sine qua non of reflection and ingenuity.”
― John Dewey

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