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Quotes about Education

Inspirational Quotes about Education

 

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”

 – Aristotle


“The wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be its slave.”

– Publilius Syrus


“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”

― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


 “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”

– Anatole France


“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

– Aristotle


“Keeping ones distance from an ignorant person is equivalent to keeping company with a wise man.”

– Ali bin Abi-Taleb


 “I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

– Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727), From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1


“I hear: I forget

 I see: I remember

 I do: I understand”

– Chinese Proverb


“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, A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated


“I should like to bestow and distribute, until the wise among human once again become glad of their folly and the poor once again of their riches.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche


“Intelligence is not measured by IQ, but instead by the quality of your thoughts and actions. The thoughts you carry and the things you do (or don’t do) are what separates you from others.”

-Unknown


“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

– Nelson Mandela


“Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts. Many books, moreover, serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance. You should read only when your own thoughts dry up, which will of course happen frequently enough even to the best heads; but to banish your own thoughts so as to take up a book is a sin against the holy ghost; it is like deserting untrammeled nature to look at a herbarium or engravings of landscapes.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer, as quoted in Counsels and Maxims, Vol. 2, Ch. 22, § 261


“The framers of our Constitution firmly believed that a republican government could not endure without intelligence and education generally diffused among the people. The Father of his Country, in his Farewell Address, uses this language: Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”

– Ulysses S. Grant


“The moral faculties are generally esteemed, and with justice, as of higher value than the intellectual powers. But we should always bear in mind that the activity of the mind in vividly recalling past impressions is one of the fundamental though secondary bases of conscience. This fact affords the strongest argument for educating and stimulating in all possible ways the intellectual faculties of every human being.”

– Charles Robert Darwin, as quoted in The Descent of Man


‘He who learns must suffer

And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget

Falls drop by drop upon the heart,

And in our own despite, against our will,

Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

– Aeschylus, on education as quoted in Agamemnon


“Education is a state-controlled manufacturer of echoes.”

 -Unknown


“Education, has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.”

– M. Trevelyan


 “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”

– Abigail Adams


“As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself; because only through ordering what you know by comparing every truth with every other truth can you take complete possession of your knowledge and get it into your power. You can think about only what you know, so you ought to learn something; on the other hand, you can know only what you have thought about.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer, as quoted in Counsels and Maxims, Vol. 2, Ch. 22, § 257 “On Thinking for Yourself” as translated in Essays and Aphorisms(1970) as translated by R. J. Hollingdale


 “Whoso neglects learning in his youth, Loses the past and is dead for the future.”

– Euripides

Inspirational Quotes about Education

“Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, As quoted in Think, Vol. 4-5 (1938)


 “Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”

– Edwards Deming


“No one can learn to love by following a manual, and no one can learn to write by following a course. I’m not telling you to seek out other writers but to find people with different skills from yourself, because writing is no different from any other activity done with joy and enthusiasm.”

– Paulo Coelho


“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”

– Bertrand Russell, as quoted in Sceptical Essays

Inspirational Quotes about Education

 “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

– Mark Twain 


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

– Albert Einstein


“I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.”

– Franz Kafka, The Diaries of Franz Kafka 1910-1923


“I came here, not merely for the sake of my husband’s profession, but for the sake of my own. I came here in order to bring up my sons as human beings. I would not surrender them to the educational systems devised to stunt a child’s brain, to convince him that reason is impotent, that existence is an irrational chaos with which he’s unable to deal, and thus reduce him to a state of chronic terror.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“In truth, mankind cannot be saved from without, by schoolmasters or any other sort of masters: it can only be lamed and enslaved by them. It is said that if you wash a cat it will never again wash itself. This may or may not be true: what is certain is that if you teach a man anything he will never learn it; and if you cure him of a disease he will be unable to cure himself the next time it attacks him.”

– George Bernard Shaw, Quotes from Is there any hope in education?


“That’s what college is for – getting as many bad decisions as possible out of the way before you’re forced into the real world. I keep a checklist of ’em on the wall in my room.”

– Jeph Jacques


 “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”

– Thomas H. Huxley


“When people say ‘I hate math’ what you’re really saying is, ‘I hate the way mathematics was taught to me.’ Imagine an art class, in which, they teach you only how to paint a fence or wall, but never show you the paintings of the great masters. Then, of course, years later you would say, ‘I hate art.’ What you would really be saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’ And so it is with math. When people say ‘I hate math’ what they are really saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’”

– UC Berkeley math professor Edward Frenkel


“Neither acquiescence in skepticism nor acquiescence in dogma is what education should produce. What it should produce is a belief that knowledge is attainable in a measure, though with difficulty; that much of what passes for knowledge at any given time is likely to be more or less mistaken, but that the mistakes can be rectified by care and industry. In acting upon our beliefs, we should be very cautious where a small error would mean disaster; nevertheless it is upon our beliefs that we must act. This state of mind is rather difficult: it requires a high degree of intellectual culture without emotional atrophy. But though difficult, it is not impossible; it is in fact the scientific temper. Knowledge, like other good things, is difficult, but not impossible; the dogmatist forgets the difficulty, the skeptic denies the possibility. Both are mistaken, and their errors, when widespread, produce social disaster.”

– Bertrand Russell, as quoted in On Education, Especially in Early Childhood (1926)

Inspirational Quotes about Education

 “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

– Will Durant (1885 – 1981)


“Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.”

– William Wirt (1772 – 1834)


 “If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.”

– Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.


 “If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin


“Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.”

– Lord Chesterfield


 “Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.”

– James Boswell


“I have rarely read anything which has interested me more, though I have not read as yet more than a quarter of the book proper. From quotations which I had seen, I had a high notion of Aristotle’s merits, but I had not the most remote notion what a wonderful man he was. Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere schoolboys to old Aristotle.”

– Charles Robert Darwin, as quoted in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwinletter to William Ogle (22 February 1882). Ogle had translated Aristotle’s Parts of Animals and sent Darwin a copy.


 “Education is the best provision for old age.”

– Aristotle quote about Education


“The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer 


“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

– Socrates


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

– Nelson Mandela


“To know the history of philosophy is to know that the highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists. The growth of philosophy is the story of man’s spiritual life.”

 – Helen Keller, as quoted in Optimism


“Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar of money shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, or both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, Pagan, or Atheistical tenets. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the State forever separate. With these safeguards, I believe the battles which created the Army of the Tennessee will not have been fought in vain.”

– Ulysses S. Grant, As Quoted in Seventh State of the Union Address

   


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”

– Barbara Tuchman

Inspirational Quotes about Education

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”

 – Aristotle


“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”

– Bertrand Russell


“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance


“There were no sex classes. No friendship classes. No classes on how to navigate a bureaucracy, build an organization, raise money, create a database, buy a house, love a child, spot a scam, talk someone out of suicide, or figure out what was important to me. Not knowing how to do these things is what messes people up in life, not whether they know algebra or can analyze literature.”

– William Upski Wimsatt


“Our culture is dying because our universities have to depend on the alms of the meat packers, the steel puddlers and the purveyors of breakfast cereals.”

– Ayn Rand


“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer. Do not think of to-day’s failures, but of the success that may come to-morrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles — a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward — if the road was always smooth and pleasant. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.”

– Helen Keller, as quoted in Address to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (8 July 1896)


 “Only the educated are free.”

– Epictetus

 

Inspirational Quotes about Education

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