Education quotes, aphorisms and quotations about education, school and learning, with some very brilliant and humorous thoughts by great authors of all time.
Be circumspect how you offend schollers, for knowe, a serpent tooth bites not so ill, as dooth a schollers angrie quill.
Education, the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
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.
T.H. White, The Once and Future King
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
I was educated once; it took me years to get over it.
When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears.
The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.
George Bernard Shaw
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
Alfred North Whitehead
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.
The intelligence consists not only in the knowledge but also in the skill to apply the knowledge into practice.
Knowledge unfits a man to be a slave.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
People think of education as something that they can finish… but education isn’t something you can finish.
Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning.
Language is “the infinite use of finite means.”
Wilhelm von Humboldt
My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education [at an institution] is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.
The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education.
Paul Kark Feyerabend
The first thing a student should understand to have success is that of becoming a self-taught man.
Carl William Brown
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.
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.
I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike – and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two – are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes.
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
Private schools, pretentious educational and political institutions, with a lot of university teachers most commonly and pompously called professors are clearly more interested in making money than in spreading pedagogical matters, logic and common sense, also because before teaching you must first be able to learn. (in order to teach you must before be able to learn).
Carl William Brown
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day.
I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, 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 in Grosvenor Square.
The mark of a civilized man is his willingness to re-examine his most cherished beliefs.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
A great number of people talk too much, but pragmatically act too little, and if they try, they can only do stupid and dangerous things. Any references to Italian politicians are quite imaginary and clearly unreal.
Carl William Brown
Success and suffering are vitally and organically linked. If you succeed without suffering, it is because someone suffered for you; if you suffer without succeeding, it is in order that someone else may succeed after you.
Any company that aspires to succeed in the tougher business environment of the 1990s must first resolve a basic dilemma: success in the marketplace increasingly depends on learning, yet most people don’t know how to learn. What’s more, those members of the organization that many assume to be the best at learning are, in fact, not very good at it.
I don’t like clear matters, they don’t concern me enough!
Carl William Brown
I may have said the same thing before… but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.
A process which makes one rogue cleverer than another.
In England … education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
It is often forgotten that (dictionaries) are artificial repositories, put together well after the languages they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to “El otro, el mismo.”
Children have a natural antipathy to books- handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
Form and substance: Hjelmslev introduced the notion that both expression and content have substance and form. In this framework signs have four dimensions: substance of content; form of content; substance of expression; form of expression.
Education, knowledge, culture and experience are fundamental to help you find what you are looking for.
Carl William Brown
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Without goals, the very concept of intelligence is meaningless.
I suppose that in no educational institution can one become an educated person.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-à-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
Nothing is more securely lodged than the ignorance of the experts.
Friedrich August von Hayek
By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.
They know enough who know how to learn.
Henry Brooks Adams
Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.
Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.
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