Education Quotes

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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

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Only the educated are free.
Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.


Much learning does not teach understanding.
Education is the art of making man ethical.
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
It is always in season for old men to learn.

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


Storytelling is the oldest form of education.


The highest result of education is tolerance.
Education is all a matter of building bridges.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Science may be learned by rote, but Wisdom not.


Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
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If you think education is expensive—try ignorance.


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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Education is the genuine expression of social love.
The goal of education is disciplined understanding.


Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine.


Education does much, but encouragement is everything.
Education is the great engine of personal development.
One may receive the information but miss the teaching.
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.


Education has for its object the formation of character.
His studies were pursued but never effectually overtaken.
Experience, travel - these are an education in themselves.


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Education is helping the child realize his potentialities.


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
The best kind of sex education is life in a loving family.
I hold Education to be an organic necessity of a human being.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

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Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out.


The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
Good education is the essential foundation of a strong democracy.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

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Rest assured that literary education is no good without character.


Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

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Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.
When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.
Native ability without education is like a tree which bears no fruit.


To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study.


What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

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The basic task of education is the care and feeding of the imagination.
Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
I will have no intellectual training. Knowledge is ruin to my young men.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
To the strongest and quickest mind it is far easier to learn than to invent.
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought—that is to be educated.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.


To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.
If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow.

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You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him.


Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.


The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.

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The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

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'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
To repeat what others have said requires education, to challenge it, requires brains.


Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
The direction in which education starts a man (person), will determine his future life.
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
What does education often do?  It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
A school system without parents at its foundation is just like a bucket with a hole in it.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


What They Should Teach in School: Only two things: 1. Solve interesting problems. 2. Lead.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and to inflame their intellects.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.


The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
If you teach a boy, you educate an individual; but if you teach a girl, you educate a community.


An education is like a crumbling building that needs constant upkeep with repairs and additions.
The truth of it is, the first rudiments of education are given very indiscreetly by most parents.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.


Science must be taught well, if a student is to understand the coming decades he must live through.


A good deal of education consists in un-learning—the breaking of bad habits as with a tennis serve.


The best-educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.


In old days, men studied for the sake of self-improvement nowadays men study to impress other people.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would he in fear of losing it.
Education is not training but rather the process that equips you to entertain yourself, a friend and an idea.
You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
When you are educated, you'll believe only half of what you hear. When you're intelligent, you know which half.


The philosophical aim of education must be to get each one out of his isolated class and into the one humanity.
The aim of education is to induce the largest amount of neurosis that the individual can bear without cracking.
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.
Sixty years ago I knew everything.  Now I know nothing.  Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education because that would mean we had stopped growing.


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

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We set standards for drugs, because bad drugs cross state lines. Well, badly educated children cross state lines, too.
My own education operated by a succession of eye-openers each involving the repudiation of some previously held belief.


A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.


The world of education is like an island where people, cut off from the world, are prepared for life by exclusion from it.
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.


Nothing will divide this nation more than ignorance, and nothing can bring us together better than an educated population.


A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.


There are millions of children today who don't attend school. However, education is the only way to get ahead in this country.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world, that is bad. But if a learned person is thus attracted, it is worse.
Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.
There is one sin that slavery committed against me, which I never can forgive. It robbed me of my education; the injury is irreparable.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.


Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
Against human nature one cannot legislate. One can only try to educate it, and that is a slow process with only a distant hope of success.
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.  It is a teacher's duty to teach the pupil how to will.

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If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.


An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug, thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts, in speech or on paper, some style.
No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.


Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.


Postmodern education seems a mad effort to divorce the humanities from the reality of living and relegate them to the realm of fanciful abstraction.
Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.
My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done. You can be sincere and still be stupid.
The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.

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In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.


An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.

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The gains of education are never really lost. Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men.
It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.


We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.


The word "educate" is closely related to the word "educe."  In the oldest pedagogic sense of the term, this meant a drawing out of a person something potential or latent.


The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.

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The next digital literacy won't be about the nuts and bolts of how to use the web or a mobile phone, but how to set boundaries about when we let them encroach on our downtime.

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The Founding their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents.  So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.
I am convinced that it is of primordial importance to learn more every year than the year before. After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn.
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.


Formal education has abased itself and now concentrates on making the world safe for centralization of power, concentration of wealth, plunder of the planet, and dominance of science and technology.
Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
How can people advocate a 'modern' education? What could be better or more enjoyable than reading the greatest masterpieces of all time, under a man [Harry Wakelyn Smith, aka Smugy] who has made them part of himself?


It goes against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail and learning to be self-critical?

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Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners, where troubles fester; and the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity not to become equal, but to become different to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.


We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.
The most worthwhile form of education is the kind that puts the educator inside you, as it were, so that the appetite for learning persists long after the external pressure for grades and degrees has vanished. Otherwise you are not educated; you are merely trained.
I have always been dismayed by the West's failure—or unwillingness—to recognize that establishing secular schools that offer children a balanced and nonextremist form of education is probably the cheapest and most effective way of combating this kind of indoctrination.
I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it.


Mr. Clay's lack of a more perfect early education, however it may be regretted generally, teaches at least one profitable lesson; it teaches that in this country, one can scarcely be so poor, but that, if he will, he can acquire sufficient education to get through the world respectably.
I would urge that the yeast of education is the idea of excellence, and the idea of excellence comprises as many forms as there are individuals, each of whom develops his own image of excellence.  The school must have as one of its principal functions the nurturing of images of excellence.


Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

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It is imperative that our schools and educational institutions create an environment in which the required intellectual, physical, social, and moral attributes can be developed, cherished, and nurtured. Schools must be viewed as places that have the potential to transform the future of child and the nation.
It is no matter what you teach them first, any more than what leg you shall put into your breeches first. Sir, you may stand disputing which is best to put in first, but in the meantime your breech is bare. Sir, while you are considering which of two things you should teach your child first, another boy has learnt them both.
In the 1940s, a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools: talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1980s survey lists these top seven: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault.
I don't see how we bring back that age where an uneducated man can march ahead rapidly as long as we have free trade and worldwide competition. And I don't want to stop having free trade with a big nuclear power like China. China and the United States have to get along. Each country would be out of its mind not to get along with the other. I think trade helps us to get along.

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One of the things I feel is that, right now, if you ask who are the customers of education, the customers of education are the society at large, the employers who hire people, things like that. But ultimately I think the customers are the parents. Not even the students but the parents. The problem that we have in this country is that the customers went away. The customers stopped paying attention to their schools, for the most part. What happened was that mothers started working and they didn't have time to spend at PTA meetings and watching their kids' school. Schools became much more institutionalized, and parents spent less and less and less time involved in their kids education. What happens when a customer goes away and a monopoly gets control, which is what happened in our country, is that the service level almost always goes down. And that's certainly what the public school system is. They don't have to care.

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