The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
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We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
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Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
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We only think when we are confronted with problems.
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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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Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
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Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.
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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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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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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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Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
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The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
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Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
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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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Dewey, John

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