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No man who worships education has got the best out of education.... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. ~G.K. Chesterton

Every boy and girl in America ought to go to school. The public school is one of the best institutions connected with the life of our nation. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Keeping School," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

Despise school and remain a fool. ~German proverb

Where are gone those older spirits in education who knew and taught boldly that school is an apprenticeship, and a hard one, for a life harder yet? and that prayer is necessary not to escape burdens but for strength the better to carry them? ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The education of the twentieth century will develop the heart as well as the intellect. ~G. Stanley Hall (1846–1924)

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers. ~Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful, Ronald D. Fuchs, ed.

An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life. ~Author Unknown

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~G.M. Trevelyan

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. ~A.A. Milne

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. ~Abraham Flexner

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~Edward Everett

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who INSIST on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding. ~Ezra Pound, "The Instructor: II," Chapter Eight, ABC of Reading, 1934

Education should be exercise; it has become massage. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~Victor Hugo

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog. ~Mark Twain, 1900

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators. ~A. Bronson Alcott (1799–1888)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~Will Durant

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? ~Erich Fromm

Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~William Haley

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education. ~Tallulah Bankhead

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~Malcolm S. Forbes

An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious — just dead wrong. ~R. Baker

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. ~Henry David Thoreau

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. ~Oscar Wilde, "The True Function and Value of Criticism; With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing Nothing: A Dialogue," The Nineteenth Century, July 1890 (Gilbert speaking)

Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics. ~Leighann Lord

What if man were required to educate his children without the help of talking animals. ~Robert Brault,

To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education. I call it intrusion. ~Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else. ~Cornelius Vanderbilt

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. ~Aristotle

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. ~G.K. Chesterton

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. ~Robert Frost

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928

The modern world belongs to the half-educated, a rather difficult class, because they do not realize how little they know. ~William R. Inge

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

What a misfortune it is that we should thus be compelled to let our boys' schooling interfere with their education! ~Grant Allen, 1894, commonly attributed with various wordings to Mark Twain (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of!)

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. ~Peter Drucker

If a man is a fool, you don't train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous. ~Desmond Bagley

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. ~John W. Gardner

There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. ~Will Rogers

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats

A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

A man must serve his time to every trade,
Save censure—critics all are ready made.
Take hackney'd jokes from Miller, got by rote
With just enough learning to misquote...
~Lord Byron, "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers; A Satire," 1809

There is only one Education, and it has only one goal: the freedom of the mind. Anything that needs an adjective, be it civics education, or socialist education, or Christian education, or whatever-you-like education, is not education, and it has some different goal. The very existence of modified "educations" is testimony to the fact that their proponents cannot bring about what they want in a mind that is free. An "education" that cannot do its work in a free mind, and so must "teach" by homily and precept in the service of these feelings and attitudes and beliefs rather than those, is pure and unmistakable tyranny. ~Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian, September 1982

The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic — Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. ~Lewis Carroll

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. ~Roger Lewin

They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. It is not the same thing. ~Richard Yates

I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated. ~Al McGuire

The tragedy of education is played in two scenes — incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it. ~Brander Matthews

But oh! the Latin!—Madame, you can really have no idea of what a mess it is. The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn Latin. Lucky dogs! they already knew in their cradles the nouns ending in im. I on the contrary had to learn it by heart, in the sweat of my brow... ~Heinrich Heine, "Ideas: Book Le Grand," 1826, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, Pictures of Travel, 1855

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

One attraction of Latin is that you can immerse yourself in the poems of Horace and Catullus without fretting over how to say, "Have a nice day." ~Peter Brodie

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have given his life. ~Ernest Renan, Souvenirs d'enfance et de jeunesse, 1883

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey

Who knows the difference between education and training? For those of you with daughters, would you rather have them take sex education or sex training? Need I say more? ~Dennis Rubin

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. ~Pete Seeger

Education! Why say it is a stimulant when it is really an anaesthetic? ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Education is learning what you didn't know you didn't know. ~George Boas

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. ~Michel de Montaigne

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throats. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962), quoted from a physiology lecture by his University of Cincinnati student Howard D. Fabing in Fischerisms, 1930  ["We are made little wiser, tho much more vain and conceited in the Universitys.... The University is the most fertile Nursery of Prejudices, whereof the greatest is, that we think there to learn every thing, when in reality we are taught nothing; only talk by Rote with mighty assurance the precarious Notions of our Systems, which if deny'd by another, we have not a word further to say out of our common Road, nor any Arguments left, to satisfy the Opposer or our selves." ~John Toland (1670-1722) —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

It doesn't make much difference what you study, as long as you don't like it. ~Finley Peter Dunne

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence. ~Albert Edward Wiggam

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. ~George Santayana

The founding fathers... provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you. ~John Updike, The Centaur, 1963

You can get all A's and still flunk life. ~Walker Percy

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That's one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living. ~Will Rogers

My parents told me, "Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving." I tell my daughters, "Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job." ~Thomas L. Friedman

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other. ~George Eliot

Education is the transmission of civilization. ~Ariel and Will Durant

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. ~Mandell Creighton

If you sincerely desire a truly well-rounded education, you must study the extremists, the obscure and "nutty." You need the balance! Your poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap, twenty-four hours a day, no matter what. Network TV, newspapers, radio, magazines at the supermarket... even if you never watch, read, listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the telepathic pressure alone of the uncountable normals surrounding you will insure that you are automatically well-grounded in consensus reality. ~Ivan Stang, High Weirdness By Mail

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