Education Quotes

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

Education    Feminism    Men    Women

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Allegory    Books    Broad mindedness    Classic    Education    Imagery    Travel    World

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

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

The past has no power over the present moment.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.

Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Marriage can wait, education cannot.

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.

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.

I am not a teacher, but an awakener.

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

Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

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

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions.

Eragon looked back at him, confused. "I don't understand."
"Of course you don't," said Brom impatiently. "That's why I'm teaching you and not the other way around.


Christopher Paolini


All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

You know, sometimes kids get bad grades in school because the class moves too slow for them. Einstein got D's in school. Well guess what, I get F's!!!

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.


Terry Pratchett


Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.

I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."
"And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody."
"And yours," he replied with a smile, "is wilfully to misunderstand them.

Character    Defects    Dislike    Education    Hatred    Misunderstanding    Propensity    Repartee    Retort    Wit

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

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.

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."
"Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.


Thomas More



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