What our Wednesday Wisdom posts can teach you

We all need some extra inspiration from time to time. We hope that the Wednesday Wisdom quotes that we post via Pearson English’s social media accounts are helping to give you the edge in teaching or learning English. The quotes we gather come from famous...


We all need some extra inspiration from time to time. We hope that the Wednesday Wisdom quotes that we post via Pearson English’s social media accounts are helping to give you the edge in teaching or learning English. The quotes we gather come from famous authors, experts on success and inspirational leaders. Here are the lessons we can learn from these wise words…

Helen Keller

“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

This inspirational adage encourages bravery, boldness and making the most of life. Sometimes, we take steps and make decisions that present challenges – like the decision to start learning English. But life is full of challenges and, whether it’s to build a strong career, a happy home, or a better you, the experience of learning English is a positive step and it will teach you a lot about English and about yourself.

Sydney J Harris

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J Harris

When you gaze into a mirror, the only things you see are your reflection and a limited area around you. When you look out a window, however, the view can seem endless. These wise words from Sydney Harris teach you that the more education a person exposes themself to, the more opportunities they open themselves up to.

Guest author Dino Brusco recently spoke about how learning English enriched his life – both personally and professionally. It has enabled him to interact with many wonderful people and travel the world.

Anton Chekhov

“Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning.” – Anton Chekhov

The beauty of life is that there are opportunities around each corner that will send your life in a different direction. These opportunities always involve some learning – and every piece of knowledge you take on board will help to make you a wiser and stronger person.

Leo Tolstoy

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

The world that we live in moves fast: people talk fast, we receive information fast, and everything seems so instant. That’s not always the case when it comes to learning, however, which often takes time and patience.

In her guest blog, English Coach Sussi Lassen talks about why she believes it’s worth taking the time to learn English. She encourages English language learners to persevere with their learning, as the dedication and effort you put in will eventually result in you becoming what she calls a “ninja in English”.


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius

As Tolstoy states above, learning takes time. It’s also important to remember that everyone learns at a different pace – and that’s OK! – so you should avoid comparing yourself with other learners. No matter what level of skill you have, it’s certain that your fellow language learners won’t be at exactly the same level as you. Whatever level you’re at, you’ve worked hard to reach it, so you should be proud of that and keep going.

If you’re looking for extra motivation, there are lots of learning hints and tips on our blog. These will provide you with some fun ways to pick up new vocabulary and boost your confidence.

Oprah Winfrey

“You become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

These wise words talk about the importance of having faith in you. Whatever you believe in yourself – whether it’s negative or positive – you’ll quickly turn into the person you’re telling yourself you are. So, instead of thinking that you are struggling with English, tell yourself that you have made a great decision and focus on your strengths.

Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

This quotation applies to a wide range of situations where something needs to be done. Deciding to learn English, for example, is step one. From there, all of the progress you make will be done in incremental steps.

The Global Scale of English allows you to pave your way to success by letting you learn in a personalised way. By asking yourself what you want to achieve and plotting your progress, you’re more able to see your learning in motion. This will help to keep you motivated as you continue to learn English.

Jim Rohn

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn

These words describe the fact that goals can be achieved by continuing to employ self-belief and discipline, which can apply to any goal in life. For example, if you want to be a great runner you have to have the discipline to watch your diet and do a lot of exercising and running before you can ever win a race. You’ve set yourself a goal to learn English – so never give up because the benefits of English can be wonderful.

Which of these sayings is most useful to you? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter

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