Monday, April 18, 2005

ooh! ooh! what a cool quote

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
-Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (1920- )

3 Comments:

At Tue Apr 19, 11:17:00 AM PDT, Blogger Erik said...

i think this shows that even people born in 1920 knew stuff. on average, they were not very smart, but periodically some guy would get lucky and say something vaguely coherent.

i guess this quote is mostly a reminder that not only is learning something i have no time for, it's intended for children only.

 
At Wed Apr 20, 06:39:00 AM PDT, Blogger unca said...

I'm not sure I would word this in quite the same way. I suppose the quote is true if one has a rather fragile notion of one's self-esteem. I think it might be more accurate, though, to say that every act of learning requires a genuine humility.

 
At Wed Apr 20, 05:09:00 PM PDT, Blogger rebecca said...

I think the best part about this quote is Thomas Szasz's last name. Szasz has such a nice ring to it!

 

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