John Dewey Quotes
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Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
Categorized under Change
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.
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Independent self people (would be) a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future [...] (where) people will be defined by their associations.
Categorized under Individuality
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
There is no discipline in the world so severe as the discipline of experience subjected to the tests of intelligent development and direction.
We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.
Social engaged intellectuals must accept reality as they found it and shape it toward positive social goals, not stand aside in self-righteous isolation.
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need.
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.
Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.