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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As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization neither art nor civilization is secure

Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.

The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence that is to say freedom of observation and of judgment exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is I think to identify it with freedom of movement or with the external or physical side of activity.

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common community and communication. Try the experiment of communicating with fullness and accuracy some experience to another especially if it be somewhat complicated and you will find your own

Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.

The reactionaries are in possession of force in not only the army and police but in the press and the schools

When men think and believe in one set of symbols and act in ways which are contrary to their professed and conscious ideas confusion and insincerity are bound to result

We only think when we are confronted with a problem

The end justifies the means only when the means used are such as actually bring about the desired and desirable end.

For one man who thanks God that he is not as other men there are a thousand to offer thanks that they are as other men sufficiently as others are to escape attention

Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril.

No man's credit is as good as his money.

Without some goals and some efforts to reach it no man can live.

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