“In times of change, the learners inherit the world, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 to May 21, 1983)
Hoffer was an American independent scholar, philosopher, and writer. He is perhaps most well known for his non-fiction book The True Believer (1951). He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.
In 2001, the Eric Hoffer Award was established in his honor. It is an award “highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.” [Hoffer Award website; link below.]
[Sources: Hoffer Quotation from Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies website, accessed October 24, 2010. Dates and a portion of the biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed October 26, 2010. The biographical information was partially known to me.]
Link to the Eric Hoffer Award website: