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Archive for February 1st, 2010

Quotations on Learning the Hard Way

Monday, February 1st, 2010

socks177finishedpcsI love collecting quotes. These two both touch on different angles… about learning. About the imperfection in being human.

I like to remind myself that I have “Rescued Myself” a good number of times when I felt I was in a mess. It’s powerful to realize that I surely can achieve another rescue if need be.

So today I share with you words from two very different writers, one a generation ahead of me and one a generation behind. One writes books, the other writes songs/lyrics. Both speak to me.

Both are wise. Both admit that the “hiccups” are where we learn.


That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever


…You live you learn, You love you learn,
You cry you learn, You lose you learn,
You bleed you learn, You scream you learn…

You grieve you learn, You choke you learn,
You laugh you learn, You choose you learn,
You pray you learn, You ask you learn,
You live you learn…

Alanis Morissette, You Learn — Jagged Little Pill