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 :: 1859-1952, American Philosopher, Educator

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Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
~ John Dewey - [Adaptability]

 

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Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
~ John Dewey - [Education]

 

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Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
~ John Dewey - [Science and Scientists]

 

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Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
~ John Dewey - [Luck]

 

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Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.
~ John Dewey - [Logic]

 

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Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
~ John Dewey - [Skepticism]

 

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Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.
~ John Dewey - [Happiness]

 

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The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
~ John Dewey - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
~ John Dewey - [Self-improvement]

 

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The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a ''pet'' notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different.
~ John Dewey - [Choice]

 

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The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
~ John Dewey - [Action]

 

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We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
~ John Dewey - [Action]

 

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We only think when we are confronted with problems.
~ John Dewey - [Challenges]

 

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Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.
~ John Dewey - [Goals]

 

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