John Dewey

John Dewey

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the fathers of functional psychology. 

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Education is not a preparation for life, education is life itself.

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.

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

The self is not something ready-made but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

Education is a social process, education is growth, education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.

One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart.

By reading the characteristic features of any man's castles in the air, you can make a shrewd guess as to his underlying desires which are frustrated.

Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.

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.

I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child's powers, by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself.

Time and memory are true artists, they remold reality nearer to the heart's desire.

A democracy is more than a form of government, it is primarily a mode of associated living of conjoint communicated experience

To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

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.

The outstanding problem of the Public is discovery and identification of itself

The deepest urge in human nature is "the desire to be important"

It (modern philosophy) certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism, with which Christianity has been historically associated.

We eat out all the time and you have no idea what you're eating.

Those outages were caused by separate equipment failures

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