John Dewey Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old John Dewey quotes, John Dewey sayings, and John Dewey proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of likes and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned. John Dewey
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife. John Dewey
Skeptics are generally ready to believe anything, provided is it only sufficiently improbable; it is at matters of fact that such people stumble. John Dewey
Skepticism, the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. John Dewey
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey
To savages it would seem preposterous to seek out a place where nothing but learning was going on in order that one might learn. John Dewey
To avoid a split between what men consciously know because they are aware of having learned it by a specific job of learning, and what they unconsciously know because they have absorbed it in the formation of their characters by intercourse with others, becomes an increasingly delicate task with every development of special schooling. John Dewey
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. John Dewey
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. John Dewey
Teaching may be compared to selling commodities. No one can sell unless somebody buys. John Dewey
The theory of the method of knowing which is advanced in these pages may be termed pragmatic... Only that which has been organized into our disposition so as to enable us to adapt the environment to our needs and adapt our aims and desires to the situation in which we live is really knowledge. John Dewey
Recreation, as the word indicates, is recuperation of energy. No demand of human nature is more urgent or less to be escaped. John Dewey
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. John Dewey
By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction. John Dewey
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
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not. John Dewey
The chief intellectual characteristic of the present age is its despair of any constructive philosophy. John Dewey
For the highest task of intelligence is to grasp and recognize genuine opportunity, possibility. John Dewey
A problem well stated is a problem half solved. John Dewey
Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. John Dewey
Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness. John Dewey
A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. John Dewey