Quotes by John Dewey

Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
– John Dewey
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
– John Dewey
By reading the characteristic features of any man's castles in the air you can make a shrewd guess as to his underlying desires which are frustrated.
– John Dewey
Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
– John Dewey
Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving.
– John Dewey
Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
– John Dewey
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
– John Dewey
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
– John Dewey
Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas.
– 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
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
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
No man's credit is as good as his money.
– John Dewey
One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart.
– John Dewey
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
– John Dewey
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
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
– John Dewey
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
– John Dewey
There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
– John Dewey
Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.
– John Dewey