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Henry Adams ~
• “They know enough who know how to learn.”
• “Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.”
• “Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance as it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”
• “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
• “Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.”

Aeschylus ~
• “But time growing old teaches all things.”

Joseph Albers
• “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” ~

Amos Bronson Alcott ~
• “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.”

Stephen Ambrose ~
• “I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education.”

Susan B. Anthony ~
• “If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.”

Aristophanes ~
• “The wise learn many things from their foes.”

Aristotle ~
• “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
• “One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, if you have no certainty until you try.”
• “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
• “Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Clara Barton ~
• “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man's work for less than a man's pay.”

Jacques Barzun ~
• “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”

Ambrose Bierce ~
• “EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.”

Jean de la Bruyere ~
• “The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.”

Buddha ~
• “Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings – that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.”

Albert Camus ~
• “After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”

George Washington Carver ~
• “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

Carlos Castaneda ~
• “Man lives only to learn. And if he learns it is because it is the nature of his lot, for good or bad.”

Anton Chekhov ~
• “We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.”

Winston Churchill ~
• “This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.” (attributed)

Norman Cousins ~
• “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Robertson Davies ~
• “To instruct calls for energy, and to remain almost silent, but watchful and helpful, while students instruct themselves, calls for even greater energy. To see someone fall (which will teach him not to fall again) when a word from you would keep him on his feet but ignorant of an important danger, is one of the tasks of the teacher that calls for special energy, because holding in is more demanding than crying out.”

John Dryden ~
• “Genius must be born, and never can be taught.”

Alexandre Dumas, pere ~
• “How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.”
• “One's work may be finished some day, but one's education never.”

Albert Einstein ~
• “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
• “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

Epictetus ~
• “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.”

Richard Feynman ~
• “I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!” ~

Benjamin Franklin ~
• “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”

J. B. S. Haldane ~
• “And if we must educate our poets and artists in science, we must educate our masters, labour and capital, in art.”

Edith Hamilton ~
• “To be able to be caught up into the world of thought – that is educated.”

G. W. F. Hegel ~
• “Education is the art of making man ethical.”

Hans Hofmann ~
• “As a teacher I approach my students purely with the human desire to free them from all scholarly inhibitions, and I tell them, ‘Painters must speak through paint — not through words.’”
• “Being an artist and being a teacher are two conflicting things. When I paint, I improvise… I deny theory and method and rely only on empathy and feeling… In teaching, it is just the opposite, I must account for every line, shape and color. One is forced to explain the inexplicable.”

belle hooks ~
• “I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer ... education as the practice of freedom ... education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place where paradise can be created.”

John Holt ~
• “Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is.”
• “If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him.”
• “We teachers - perhaps all human beings - are in the grip of an astonishing delusion. We think that we can take a picture, a structure, a working model of something, constructed in our minds out of long experience and familiarity, and by turning that model into a string of words, transplant it whole into the mind of someone else. Perhaps once in a thousand times, when the explanation is extraordinary good, and the listener extraordinary experienced and skillful at turning word strings into non-verbal reality, and when the explainer and listener share in common many of the experiences being talked about, the process may work, and some real meaning may be communicated. Most of the time, explaining does not increase understanding, and may even lessen it.”
• “Children do not like being incompetent anymore than the like being ignorant. They want to learn how to do, and do well, the things they see being done by bigger people around them. This is why they soon find school such a disappointment; they so seldom get a chance to learn anything important or do anything real. But many defenders of childhood, in or out of school, seem to have this vested interest in the children's incompetence, which they often call “letting the child be a child.”

Anne Hutchinson ~
• “If any come to my house to be instructed in the ways of God what rule have I to put them away? Do you think it not lawful for me to teach women and why do you call me to teach the court?”

Jovita Idar ~
• “Educate a woman and you educate a family.”

Ivan Illich ~
• “The public school has become the established church of secular society.”
• “School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”
• “Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being “with it,” yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.”
• “School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.”

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

Arthur Koestler ~
• “Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”

Doris Lessing ~
• “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.”

C. S. Lewis ~
• “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

James Russell Lowell ~
• “The best academy, a mother's knee.”

James Madison ~
• “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

Horace Mann ~
• “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man, - the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”

Harriet Martineau ~
• “What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?”
• “The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so.”

Abraham Maslow ~
• “ ... education through art is a kind of therapy and growth technique, because it permits the deeper layers of the psyche to emerge, and therefore to be encouraged, fostered, trained, and educated.”

Colman McCarthy ~
• “I admire elementary school teachers immensely. I urge everyone ... to write a letter to a former grade school teacher who is remembered with affection and say thanks.”
• “Unless we teach our children peace, someone will teach them violence.”
• “I'd prefer that my students don't ask questions. Instead, be braver and bolder: question the answers. What answers? Those from anyone who says the answer is violence. Of all the lies, that's the grossest.”
• “What makes us happy is service to others. If schools don't expose students to the joys of community service, we graduate people who are idea rich but experience poor. In these addled times of leave no child untested, we think it's enough to pound ideas into the kids' heads. You can make all A's in school and go out and flunk life.”
• “Too many schools process students as if they are slabs of cheese going to Velveeta High on the way to Cheddar U and Mozzarella Grad School.”

H. L. Mencken ~
• “The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberated scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”
• “School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, and brutal violations of common sense and common decency.”
• “A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.”

Thomas Merton ~
• “October is a fine and dangerous season in America, a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.”
• “The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.”

Novalis ~
• “Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.”

Friedrich Nietzsche ~
• “In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.”

Frances Perkins ~
• “To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.”

Jean Piaget ~
• “The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”

Plato ~
• “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
• “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”
• “No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.”
• “The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.”
• “For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.”
• “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”

Alexander Pope ~
• “Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.”

Ezra Pound ~
• “Real education must ultimately be limited to one who INSISTS on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.” ~ ABC of Reading, 1934

Munshi Premchand ~
• “To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees.”

Isidor Isaac Rabi ~
• “My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist.”

Samuel Richardson ~
• “If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.”

Sir Ken Robinson ~
• “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
• “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. People are being educated out of their creative capacity. We do not grow into creativity, we grow out of it. As far as education for children, we need to educate their whole being. Picasso said “All children are born artists.” How do we remain artists as we grow up?”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~
• “The noblest work in education is to make a reasoning man, and we expect to train a young child by making him reason! This beginning at the end; this is making an instrument of a result. If children understood how to reason they would not need to be educated.”

John Ruskin ~
• “Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”

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

Friedrich Schiller ~
• “Freedom can occur only through education.”

Arthur Schopenhauer ~
• “Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.”

Sir Walter Scott ~
• “Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”

Glenn T. Seaborg ~
• “There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge. All literate men are sustained by the philosopher, the historian, the political analyst, the economist, the scientist, the poet, the artisan and the musician.
• “The education of young people in science is at least as important, maybe more so, than the research itself.

Pete Seeger ~
• “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.”

Seneca ~
• “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

George Bernard Shaw ~
• “A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”

Lillian Smith ~
• “Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.”
• “When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.”

John Steinbeck ~
• “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

Dylan Thomas ~
• “My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.”

Leo Tolstoy ~
• “School is established, not in order that it should be convenient for the children to study, but that teachers should be able to teach in comfort. The children’s conversations, motion, merriment are not convenient for the teacher, and so in the schools, which are built on the plan of prisons, ... are prohibited.”

Mario Vargas Llosa ~
• “You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.”

H. G. Wells ~
• “If we suppose a sufficient righteousness and intelligence in men to produce presently, from the tremendous lessons of history, an effective will for a world peace – that is to say, an effective will for a world law under a world government – for in no other fashion is a secure world peace conceivable – in what manner may we expect things to move towards this end? . . . It is an educational task, and its very essence is to bring to the minds of all men everywhere, as a necessary basis for world cooperation, a new telling and interpretation, a common interpretation, of history.”

Elie Wiesel ~
• “Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.”
• “There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.”
• “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. The Talmud tells us that by saving a single human being, man can save the world.”

Oscar Wilde ~
• “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
• “The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately... education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.”

Walt Whitman ~
• “I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.”

Elie Wiesel ~
• “There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.”

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

Howard Zinn ~
• “What most of us must be involved in – whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do – has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world.”

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