Proverbs and quotes about Testing and Questioning

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 10, 2008 | Categories: 2. TestingProverbs and quotes

Proverbs and quotes

Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the Author.
John Keats

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. 
Mark Twain

In the spiderweb of facts, many a truth is strangled. 
Paul Eldridge

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.

Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
Vilfredo Pareto

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. 
Jacob Bronowski

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing. 
Thomas Huxley

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. 
Martin H. Fischer

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will. 
Vernon Howard

It is not hard to learn more.  What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong. 
Martin H. Fischer

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

The pupil can only educate himself.  Teachers are the custodians of apparatus upon which he himself must turn and twist to acquire the excellencies that distinguish the better from the poorer of God’s vessels.
Martin H. Fischer

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. 
Lloyd Alexander

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way. 
Marvin Minsky

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. 
Herb Caen

We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world.  The third contradicts all that the first two teach us. 
Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience. 
Clarence Day, The Crow’s Nest

I never make stupid mistakes.  Only very, very clever ones. 
John Peel

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.  And that’s a big mistake.
F. Wikzek

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. 
Henry C. Link

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. 
Henry Ford

Don’t live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable. 
Wendy Wasserstein

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours. 
Richard Bach, Illusions

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway. 
Mary Kay Ash

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap. 
Cynthia Heimel, “Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics

To eat an egg, you must break the shell. 
Jamaican Proverb

This nation was built by men who took risks – pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action. 
Brooks Atkinson

Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. 
Author Unknown

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four.  Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. 
Winston Churchill

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. 

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. 
Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers


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