We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century—for several centuries. The three or four year’ course of lectures, the bachelor who know some, the master who knows most, the doctor who knows all, are ideas that have come down unimpaired from the Middle Ages. Nowadays no one should end his learning while he lives and these university degrees are preposterous. It is true that we have multiplied universities greatly in the past hundred years, but we seem to have multiplied them altogether too much upon the old pattern.
—H. G. Wells (1866–1946) English Novelist, Historian, Social Thinker
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) American Head of State, Lawyer
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–78) Swiss-born French Philosopher
The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.
—John W. Gardner (1912–2002) American Activist
This is how it is today: The teachers are afraid of the principals. The principals are afraid of the superintendents. The superintendents are afraid of the board of education. The board is afraid of the parents. The parents are afraid of the children. The children are afraid of nothing!
—Milton Berle (1908–2002) American Comedian, Actor
I am willing to admit that some people might live there for years, or even a lifetime, so protected that they never sense the sweet stench of corruption that is all around them—the keen, thin scent of decay that pervades everything and accuses with a terrible accusation the superficial youthfulness, the abounding undergraduate noise, that fills those ancient buildings.
—Thomas Merton (1915–68) American Trappist Monk
Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.
—James Madison (1751–1836) American Founding Father, Statesman, President
That’s what learning is: You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life. but in a new way.
—Doris Lessing (1919–2013) British Novelist, Poet
In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
—Doris Lessing (1919–2013) British Novelist, Poet
I’m not a teacher, but an awakener.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
You’ll likely learn more of enduring value from an hour of wise googling than from any course.
—Marty Nemko (b.1950) American Career Coach
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 (1918–2006) Scottish Novelist, Short-story Writer, Poet
To teach is to learn twice.
—Joseph Joubert (1754–1824) French Writer, Moralist
Nature and education are somewhat similar. The latter transforms man, and in so doing creates a second nature.
—Democritus (c.460–c.370 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher
Education is the fire-proofer of emotions.
—Frank Hall Crane (1873–1948) American Stage and Film Actor, Director
Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.
—Emma Goldman (1869–1940) Lithuanian-American Anarchist, Feminist
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
—Isaac Asimov (1920–92) Russian-born American Writer, Scientist
The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.
—Robertson Davies (1913–95) Canadian Novelist, Playwright, Essayist
It makes little difference what the trade, business, or branch of learning, in mechanical labor, or intellectual effort, the educated man is always superior to the common laborer. One who is in the habit of applying his powers in the right way will carry system into any occupation, and it will help him as much to handle a rope as to write a poem.
—Francis Marion Crawford (1854–1909) Italian-born American Novelist, Writer
A good newspaper and Bible in every house, a good schoolhouse in every district, and a church in every neighborhood, all appreciated as they deserve, are the chief support of virtue, morality, civil liberty, and religion.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
—John Ruskin (1819–1900) English Writer, Art Critic
Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.
—Malcolm X (1925–65) American Civil Rights Leader
Education and admonition commence in the first years of childhood, and last to the very end of life.
—Plato (428 BCE–347 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Educator
The tragedy of education is played in two scenes – incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils.
—Martin H. Fischer
Those who trust us educate us.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
States should spend money and effort on this great all-underlying matter of spiritual education as they have hitherto spent them on beating and destroying each other.
—John Galsworthy (1867–1933) English Novelist, Playwright
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
What we must look for here is, firstly, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.
—Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) English Educationalist
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
—Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) American Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Explorer
The world is run by C students.
He is to be educated not because he’s to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.
—William Ellery Channing (1780–1842) American Unitarian Theologian, Poet
It used to take me all vacation to grow a new hide in place of the one they flogged off me during the school term.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad.
Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
—Jean de La Bruyere (1645–96) French Satiric Moralist, Author
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
It is by education I learn to do by choice, what other men do by the constraint of fear.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
Education is…One of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
—Bertrand A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
The problem of education is two fold: first to know, and then to utter. Everyone who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94) Scottish Novelist
But we also know that to be educated, the goal of it must be human liberation. A liberation enabling each of us to fulfill our capacity so as to be free to create within and around ourselves. To be educated to freedom must be evidenced in action…
—Hillary Rodham Clinton (b.1947) American Head of State, Politician
I care not what subject is taught if only it be taught well.
—Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95) English Biologist
Repeticio est mater studiorum.
—Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) Italian Catholic Priest, Philosopher, Theologian
Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
—George Orwell (1903–50) English Novelist, Journalist
They were evidently small men, all wind and quibbles, flinging out their chuffy grain to us with far less interest than a farm-wife feels as she scatters corn to her fowls.
—D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Literary Critic
The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.
Education at school continues what has been done at home: it crystallizes the optical illusion, consolidates it with book learning, theoretically legitimizes the traditional trash and trains the children to know without understanding and to accept denominations for definitions. Astray in his conceptions, entangled in words, man loses the flair for truth, the taste for nature. What a powerful intellect must you possess, to be suspicious of this moral carbon dioxide and with your head swimming already, to hurl yourself out of it into the fresh air, with which, into the bargain, everyone round is trying to scare you!
—Alexander Herzen (1812–70) Russian Revolutionary, Writer
It don’t make much difference what you study, so long as you don’t like it.
—Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936) American Author, Writer, Humorist
Common sense is not so common.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
Much learning does not teach understanding.
—Heraclitus (535BCE–475BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher