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    "To those who will learn"

    In Haile Selassie I's famous UN speech, he said:
    "On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: ..."
    I don't understand that "to those who will learn" part... Is it future? Or 'willingness' in the meaning of wanting? Or something else?

    Thanks!

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    Re: "To those who will learn"

    Those who are willing/prepared to learn learned it, while those with less open minds didn't.


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    Re: "To those who will learn"

    "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it." George Santayana. The second (and more famous) sentence of Santayana's quote was re-cycled by William L. Shirer for the flyleaf of his history of Nazi Germany, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

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    Re: "To those who will learn"

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Those who are willing/prepared to learn learned it, while those with less open minds didn't.
    Yeah but is it commonly used like that? I thought if it's that meaning of will, then it should be 'are willing'. 'will' alone looks much like future.

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    Re: "To those who will learn"

    'will' can be used to show determination, volition, etc, so I'd say it's a fairly common usage.

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