„I had never considered joining the army and, had I not been dodging the police, probably never would have done so, but the more I learned about it, the more it seemed the perfect career for me.“

—  Shaun Ellis, The Man who lives with Wolves (2010)
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„I would certainly have gone to MIT had I been accepted, but my thinking now is that if I did that, I would not have had enough free time in college to write Crypto++ and think about anonymous protocols, Tegmark's multiverse, anthropic reasoning, etc., and these spare-time efforts have probably done more for my "career" than the MIT name or what I might have learned there.“

—  Wei Dai Cryptocurrency pioneer and computer scientist
Context: Here's my experience. I applied to just MIT and my state university (University of Washington). I got on MIT's waiting list but was ultimately not accepted, so went to UW. I would certainly have gone to MIT had I been accepted, but my thinking now is that if I did that, I would not have had enough free time in college to write Crypto++ and think about anonymous protocols, Tegmark's multiverse, anthropic reasoning, etc., and these spare-time efforts have probably done more for my "career" than the MIT name or what I might have learned there. On his university experience, in a discussion thread https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/MzfrRhB4Q7YgCW3f6/college-selection-advice#PuZtQ3excyvoPZh42 on LessWrong, March 2011

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„I've never had to go very far to learn everything I have learned. I just had to care about something & pay attention.“

—  David Allen American productivity consultant and author 1945
Official Twitter profile (@gtdguy) https://twitter.com/gtdguy, 19 January 2010 https://twitter.com/gtdguy/status/7933461617

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„I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress.“

—  Dan Brown American author 1964
Context: Interestingly, if you ask three people what it means to be Christian, you will get three different answers. Some feel being baptized is sufficient. Others feel you must accept the Bible as absolute historical fact. Still others require a belief that all those who do not accept Christ as their personal savior are doomed to hell. Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify ethereal concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the obvious — that is, that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries, and we're each following our own paths of enlightenment. I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress. Interview at Brown's official site http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/faqs.html

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„I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that.“

—  Dick Gregory American comedian, social activist, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur 1932 - 2017
Nigger: An Autobiography (1964)

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„If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
As quoted in The Medical Record No. 674 (6 October 1883); also in And I Quote : The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker (1992) by Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans and Andrew Frothingham, p. 447

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