„Antisthenes … was asked on one occasion what learning was the most necessary, and he replied, "To unlearn one's bad habits."“

—  Antístenes, From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius, § 4
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„Being asked what learning is the most necessary, he replied, "How to get rid of having anything to unlearn."“

—  Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 a.C.
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius, ἐρωτηθεὶς τί τῶν μαθημάτων ἀναγκαιότατον, “τὸ περιαιρεῖν,” ἔφη, “τὸ ἀπομανθάνειν.” § 7

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„When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, "Not to unlearn what you have learned."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 6: The Cynics, Antisthenes, 4.

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„Half of wisdom is learning what to unlearn.“

—  Larry Niven, livro The Ringworld Throne
The Ringworld Throne (1996)

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„To be old is a glorious thing when one has not unlearned what it means to begin, this old man had perhaps first learned it thoroughly in old age.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965
Eclipse of God: Studies in the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy (1952), p. 6

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„When one asked him what boys should learn, "That," said he, "which they shall use when men."“

—  Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Laconic Apophthegms, Of Agesilaus the Great

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„If he had learned one thing as a Soldier it was that any decision, even a bad one, was better than none.“

—  Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Sharpe (Novel Series), Sharpe's Rifles (1988), Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, p. 130

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„All the lessons learned, unlearned“

—  Stephen Spender English poet and man of letters 1909 - 1995
Selected Poems (1941), Context: All the lessons learned, unlearned; The young, who learned to read, now blind Their eyes with an archaic film; The peasant relapses to a stumbling tune Following the donkey`s bray; These only remember to forget. But somewhere some word presses On the high door of a skull and in some corner Of an irrefrangible eye Some old man memory jumps to a child — Spark from the days of energy. And the child hoards it like a bitter toy. "Fall of a City"

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„She will never learn the most necessary, most difficult and principal thing in music, that is time, because from childhood she has designedly cultivated the habit of ignoring the beat.“

—  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791
"Sie wird das nothwendigste und härteste und die hauptsache in der Musique niemahlen bekommen, nämlich das tempo, weil sie sich vom jugend auf völlig befliessen hat, nicht auf den tact zu spiellen." Letter to Leopold Mozart (24 October 1777), from Mozart: The Man and the Artist, as Revealed in his own Words by Friedrich Kerst, trans. Henry Edward Krehbiel (1906) http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/wamma11.txt

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„5085. 'Tis harder to unlearn than learn.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

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„I even thought her heart taught me something, in spite of its inexperience, or perhaps precisely because of it, for in matters of love one unlearns with practice, and the novice is the learned one.“

—  Machado de Assis Brazilian writer 1839 - 1908
Creio até que o coração dela ensinou-me alguma coisa, embora noviço, ou por isso mesmo. Nesta matéria desaprende-se com o uso e o ignorante é que é douto. "Primas de Sapucaia!" (1883), first collected in Histórias sem data (1884); Jack Schmitt and Lorie Ishimatsu (trans.) The Devil's Church, and Other Stories (London: Grafton, 1987) p. 19.

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„You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.“

—  Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian 1466 - 1536
Letter to Christian Northoff (1497), as translated in Collected Works of Erasmus (1974), p. 114

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