Richard G. Petty, MD

Learning By Teaching

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“Knowledge increases in proportion to its use – that is, the more we teach the more we learn.”        

–Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian Author, Translator and Founder of the Theosophical Society, 1831-1891)   

To Learn Is To Change


“To learn is to change. Education is a process that changes the learner.”     

–George B. Leonard (American Aikidoist, President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute and Writer, 1923-2010)   

Living Your Legacy

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“Men cannot for long live hopefully unless they are embarked upon some great unifying enterprise — one for which they may pledge their lives, their fortunes and their honor.”

–Clarence Addison Dykstra (American Educator, Civic Administrator and, from 1945-1950, Chancellor of UCLA, 1883-1950)   

Learning and Ignorance


“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.”

–Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (American Novelist and Satirist, 1922-2007)   

“Cat’s Cradle: A Novel” (Kurt Vonnegut)

Compassion, Learning, Love and Forgiveness


“To pine for an alternative past is a waste of energy. In the pristine world of your infinite spiritual self, there is no sin or negative energy. There is only compassion, learning, and unconditional love and forgiveness. Remind yourself and those around you of this fact. In the light of God, everything is healed and seen to be perfect.”    

–Stuart Wilde (English-born Author, Lecturer and Humorist 1946-)   

Learning From Life


“Daily life is more instructive than the most effective book.”           

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Poet, Playwright and Philosopher, 1749-1832)

Learning From Experience


“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”    

–Douglas Adams (English Writer, 1952-2001)   

Real Learning


“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”

–Doris Lessing (Iranian-born South African Expatriate Writer and, in 2007, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1919-)   

Hidden Teachers


“We must see that God operates not only in us but in others as well. God also operates in our so-called enemies. But these are not our real enemies. Our real enemies are doubt, fear, anxiety and worry. When we do not cry to perfect others, but only try to perfect our own lives, then we will have joy.”     

–Sri Chinmoy (a.k.a. Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, Indian Philosopher and Spiritual Teacher, 1931-2007)   

Lighting a Fire


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”       

–William Butler Yeats (Irish Poet, Dramatist, Writer and, in 1923, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1865-1939)   

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