The mind is a fire to be kindled by Plutarch


AuthorPlutarch  (46 - 120) Greek historian,biographer, and essayist
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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch  (46 - 120) Greek historian,biographer, and essayist

David Gurteen's comments: I intensely dislike the metaphor of the mind as a "vessel to be filled". The mind simply does not work like that. It is not passive. It is active. People do things, often great things. They are not simply repositories of information or human capital - another term I dislike. The paradigm of the mind as a container underlies much bad teaching practice. We don't need to pour any information into kids heads. Just "fire their imaginations" and they will make their own way in life!

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 Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

Plutarch , (46 - 120) Greek historian,biographer, and essayist

 The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch , (46 - 120) Greek historian,biographer, and essayist
On Listening 

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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