Docendo discimus

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Docendo discimus is a Latin proverb meaning "by teaching, we learn."

It is perhaps derived from Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – 65 AD), who says in his Letters to Lucilius (Book I, letter 7, section 8): Homines dum docent discunt., meaning "Men learn while they teach."


Docendo discimus is the motto of the following institutions:


  1. ^ "Over | Christiaan Huygens". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. ^ Handbok: parad 6: traditionsvård : H PARAD 6 2016 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarsmakten. 2017. p. 63. SELIBR 22459606.
  • Heimbach, Elizabeth. Latin Everywhere, Everyday: A Latin Phrase Workbook. Bolchazy-Carducci: 2004. ISBN 978-0-86516-572-4.
  • Stone. Jon, R. The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations: The Illiterati's Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs, and Sayings. Routledge: 2004. ISBN 978-0-415-96908-6.