On Self-Education

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live."

Mortimer Adler, American philosopher and author

“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities."

Ludwig von Mises, economist

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."

Isaac Asimov, renowned science fiction author

“Persistence and self-education are the keys. Nobody can teach you how to write - you have to teach yourself, using the examples of others for inspiration."

Greg Bear

“Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education."

B. C. Forbes

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

Jim Rohn

“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books."

Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian

See also: Autodidactic Profiles: Self-educated People Who’ve Made a Difference


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Published: October 17, 2006Last updated: October 17, 2006

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