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Engrave this Quote Modern life means democracy, democracy means freeing intelligence for independent effectivenessthe emancipation of mind as an individual organ to do its own work. We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos.
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-John Dewey
Action(s)
Engrave this Quote The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
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Engrave this Quote We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
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Adaptability
Engrave this Quote Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
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Communication
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Discipline
Engrave this Quote A person who is trained to consider his actions, to undertake them deliberately, is in so far forth disciplined. Add to this ability a power to endure in an intelligently chosen course in the face of distraction, confusion, and difficulty, and you have the essence of discipline.
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-John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, "New York: The Free Press", 1916
Doubt
Engrave this Quote Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
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Education
Engrave this Quote Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
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Engrave this Quote For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an
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-John Dewey, Experience and Education
Goals
Engrave this Quote Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.
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Habits
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-John Dewey
Ideas
Engrave this Quote In laying hands upon the sacred ark of absolute permanency, in treating the forms that had been regarded as types of fixity and perfection as originating and passing away, the Origin of Species introduced a mode of thinking that in the end was bound to transform the logic of knowledge, and hence the treatment of morals, politics, and religion.
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Engrave this Quote Old ideas give way slowly; for they are more than abstract logical forms and categories, they are habits, predispositions, deeply ingrained attitudes of diversion and preference.
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-John Dewey, The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy, 1909
Luck
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Problems
Engrave this Quote We only think when we are confronted with problems.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote The religious is any activity pursued in behalf of an ideal end against obstacles and in spite of threats of personal loss because of its general and enduring value.
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Science
Engrave this Quote Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
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-John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty
Society
Engrave this Quote The good society was, like the good self, a diverse yet harmonious, growing yet unified whole, a fully participatory democracy in which the powers and capacities of the individuals that comprised it were harmonized by their cooperative activities into a community that permitted the full and free expression of individuality.
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-John Dewey, John Dewey and American Democracy (Ithaca:Cornell University Pres, 1991) p.164.
Stubbornness
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Success & Failure
Engrave this Quote Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. 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.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Work
Engrave this Quote To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
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-John Dewey

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