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Why is education important?
Education is the key to everything that is good in our world today. Advances in computers, information technology, math, medicine, psychology, engineering and every other discipline would be impossible if education did not let us build on the advances of the great minds that came before us.
It is essential that we keep learning new things….
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Education is not only about the past and present, but it is also the key to the future. It will help discipline our children for the intellectual challenges of the rest of the 21st century.
Education not only teaches our children facts but also teaches them how to think and learn on their own.
I feel education, both of our children and of ourselves may be one of the most important things we can do today.
To honor all educators, teachers, administrators, professors and even those involved in cutting edge online education, I present this post on educational quotes.
These quotes about education show both the past and present views on education. They also show clearly why education is also so important for our future. Throughout the post, I might also share a few of my thoughts. Because… well, I guess because I can.
What You Will Learn
There will always be arguments about what is taught in schools. Socrates was fed poison for teaching the “wrong things”. William of Ockam and Galileo are two great examples that philosophy and science have always been controversial topics (to understate the issue) when education runs counter to the status quo.
The line on what is good education seems to keep moving.
With common core and year-round schools coming into vogue these days, schools are a very different place than when I was a kid. And education 50 years from now will be even more different. I imagine 3-D display classrooms, with a ton of technology streamlining learning.
Yes, the future of education may seem strange to us today, but the changes will be made for the better of the student, or the changes will not last long.
When I think of, “what is good education” one quote comes to my mind. A quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy that I think encapsulates what a good education is really all about:
With our first education quote out of the way, I will stop my essay, and give you a look at what you can expect from the rest of this quote post.
This article will feature many education quotes by many of the greatest thinkers of all time: Albert Einstein, George Santayana, Confucius, Maya Angelou, Francis Bacon, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Benjamin Franklin
But all these quotes are not just the serious musings of the bright lights from history. Many entertainers have chimed in over the years with their own quotes about the importance of education. This list has education quotes from Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, H.G Wells, C.S. Lewis, Katey Sagal, Tupac Shakur, and Lady Gaga.
Without further ado, let’s get to the education quotes. Starting first with the most important aspect of education: kids. As the late Whitney Houston sang “I believe that children are our are future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”
Lead on kids….
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”– Jim Henson
“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”– Chinese proverb
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”– George Santayana
“Children just need the time, space, and permission to be kids.”– Angela Hanscom
“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.”– Ernest Dimnet
“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”– Confucius
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”– Roger Lewin
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.”– Thomas Szasz
“Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.”– Glenn Beck
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”– Maya Angelou
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”– Maria Montessori
“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.”– Harold Hulbert
“I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”– Ann Brashares
“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”– Benjamin Franklin
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandela
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”– James Baldwin
“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”– Sir Anthony Seldon
Motivation. Even educational motivation. Has always been a tough nut to crack.
While a few kids are motivated to do well from their own thirst for knowledge. Most are not.
Particularly younger kids may go into school kicking and screaming the whole way. While the best motivation will always be intrinsic motivation something has to be done to give kids that initial motivation until they grow up enough to motivate themselves.
Parents and teachers are always working up new tricks to give these students a bit of motivation. Of course, in many ways the best motivation for the young kids remains the old “carrot and stick” method. Let the child self reward when they do good jobs and have a set of punishments when they do not live up to standards.
Not much has changed, there, except you might be taking away time playing video games instead of taking away time from playing ball with their friends.
Regardless, some of the educational quotes below will hopefully help students gain a little bit of motivation, or at least give parents and educators some ideas on applying some extrinsic motivation.
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“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”– Francis Bacon
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”– Abraham Maslow
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”– Anthony J. D'Angelo
“The real key to learning something quickly is to take a deliberate, intelligent approach to your learning.”– Lindsay Kolowich
“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.”– Confucius
“Everybody’s a teacher if you listen.”– Doris Roberts
“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”– Rose Kennedy
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”– Alfred Mercier
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”– Dr. David M. Burns
“Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.”– John Hersey
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”– Malcolm X
“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.”– Benjamin Disraeli
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”– Lloyd Alexander
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”– Og Mandino
“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and diligence.”– Abigail Adams
“A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.”– Roy H. Williams
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”– Zig Ziglar
The section of quotes below I have titled “quotes about education and success”. These quotes deal a lot with what it takes to achieve success in learning and education.
Of course, “success” is sort of a nebulous term. What one person views as success, another might view as status quo. For some success is raising their child to be a decent person, for another success might be about money. Or fame. Or power. Or happiness. Success can be many things, and it always lies in the eye of the beholder.
I have talked about success a lot here on DevelopGoodHabits.com. It is a popular concept for people trying to change their habits. Of course, they want to succeed.
They are trying to learn from the mistakes of others and thereby increase their own chances of success. This is the reason to read blogs and research before you make changes, after all.
I have also written a lot of quote posts, similar to this one, relating to success in its many forms and giving inspiration to those seeking to succeed.
If you want to check out these success quote posts, the following is a shortlist.
You can also read up on few articles I have written about achieving success:
But enough about success in general. Let’s jump right into the quotes about education and success shared below.
“That best academy, a mother’s knee.”– James Russell Lowell
“I think our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly.”– Deborah Norville
“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”– Mahatma Gandhi
“Being a mother has been my greatest teacher and also the most self-sacrificing thing I’ve ever done.”– Katey Sagal
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”– Robert Fulghum
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”– Dr. Seuss
The more certain kids are that someone’s got their back, the more confident and autonomous they can be.”– Melinda Wenner Moyer
“If you don’t feel safe as a child, you can’t learn.”– Lady Gaga
“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”– Rabindranath Tagore
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”– Maya Angelou
“My parents encouraged thought. You’ll get through life better if you learn how to think.”– Holly Near
“I believe that a parent’s role is to provide a path or opportunity for their children.”– David Soul
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”– Frederick Douglass
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”– Oscar Wilde
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”– Oscar Wilde
“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”– Lady Bird Johnson
“Education… is painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning, by praise, but above all — by example.”– John Ruskin
At the heart of education lies the most important person in the educational world: the teacher.
A good teacher can change a student’s life far out of proportion to the amount of time they spend in their lives. Of course, A bad teacher can do the same, in a negative way. But fortunately, there are far more good teachers out there than bad ones.
The teacher quotes below are in honor of all the good teachers out there and for all the good they have done for students past, present and into the future.
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”– Alexandra K. Trenfor
“Teachers are those who help us in resolving problems which, without them, we wouldn’t have.”– Unknown
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”– Chinese proverb
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”– Khalil Gibran
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”– John Dewey
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”– John Dewey
“There is no single way to educate.”– Michael Gurian
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”– Albert Einstein
“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.”– Gail Goldwin
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”– Japanese proverb
“As a teacher, my strategy is to encourage questioning. I’m the least authoritarian professor you’ll ever meet.”– Niall Ferguson
“I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.”– Tupac Shakur
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”– Henry Brooks Adams
“The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.”– John Ruskin
“Love is a better teacher than duty.”– Albert Einstein
“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.”– Confucius
“Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.”– Mickey Hart
“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.”– Amos Bronson Alcott
All education in life does not come at the hands of teachers. All learning does not take place in classrooms and labs.
One of the very best teachers in life is experience. Some people refuse to learn any other way, and even those that try to carefully learn before doing things will find they are often taught surprising lessons by experience.
For most of us, experience will be one of our best teachers. We just need to be self-aware enough to notice the lessons and learn from the mistakes.
The educational quotes below talk about making mistakes and learning from them. Do this often enough and you will begin to find wisdom and happiness.
“Experience is the teacher of all things.”– Julius Caesar
“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.”– Minna Antrim
“What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”– Wendell Phillips
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”– Wendell Phillips
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”– C.S. Lewis
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”– Robert Frost
“The years teach much which the days never know.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators.”– A. Bronson Alcott
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!”– Swami Sivananda
“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”– Leonardo da Vinci
Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.”– Steve Harvey
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”– Kathy Ireland
“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.”– Euripides
“Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.”– John Hersey
“The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.”– Doug Larson
“Our ability to achieve success depends on the strength of our wings gained through knowledge and experience. The greater our knowledge and experience, the higher we can fly.”– Catherine Pulsifer
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.”– Ralph Nader
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.”– William Hazlitt
“By crawling, a child learns to stand.”– Hausa
“You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.”– H.G. Wells
This final section of education quotes is a short one. It has only the most famous education quotes. Along with the Kennedy quote I used in the beginning of this educational quote post, these are the quotes you may often hear from teachers and school administrators.
These quotes showcase the high-minded ideals that most teachers strive to live up to. Taking the clay of our children and helping the parents too slowly mold children into thinking adults. It is a tough job, and often thankless. But by making this post I want to say to all teachers. Mine from the past, my child’s in the future and of course all other teachers out there.
Thanks! Your effort and dedication are appreciated.
Finally, I want to leave you with one of my personal favorite quote about education. (Although admittedly it may be more about learning than education.)
I find this simple quote to be quite profound, and often ask myself this question when I think about my understanding of a concept. Could I explain it in ten words or less? Could I explain it to someone with no background in the subject? If the answer is no, I need to do more research.
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Enough from me. What are your favorite education quotes?
Do you have a favorite from this list? If so, why?
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These inspirational education quotes shift the culture of your This quote is from the central character Almustafa's musings on parenthood, but it applies just as well to the role of a teacher. Japanese wisdom never fails.
Nelson Mandela was a man who carried varied and numerous titles throughout his life. He was, among other things, a revolutionary, nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, philanthropist, human rights activist, the first black president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He even went through 27 years in prison for his efforts to bring harmony and equality to South Africa. One of his great legacies was his contributions to education.
Mandela recognized education as a great vehicle to bring equality of opportunity to the world. Here are nine Nelson Mandela quotes about education:
The man’s inspiring life story has touched even more people’s lives than his quotes about education. The many funds and foundations he established during his lifetime continue to help and advocate for the causes he cared about; such causes include the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, The Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
As for the education sector, in particular, The Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development provides education for rural children in South Africa that encounter educational barriers such as collapsing classrooms, leaking roofs, shortages of desks and shortages of teachers.
The institute creates tools and methods to develop teacher training systems, works with the community, refurbishes classrooms and helps students develop their language skills as well as their confidence.
The gift of education is indeed something to be celebrated. To work towards Mandela’s honorable vision of a free and equal society, the world will require the knowledge, resources and insight that education brings. The Nelson Mandela quotes about education featured above express why education is so important.
Education is an investment essential to empowering individuals to reach their full potential and to make their own positive impact on the world.
– Connie Loo
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. (Chinese Proverb)
"To really understand something is to be liberated from it."
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. (Native American Proverb)
All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. (Martin H. Fischer)
It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong. (Martin H. Fischer)
"There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally." (Michel de Montaigne)
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. (Muhammad)
'Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.' (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr)
“Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” (John F. Kennedy)
“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” (John F. Kennedy)
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” (John F. Kennedy)
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“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it” (Alexandre Dumas)
"When learning and teaching continually improves, everything improves."
The best educated human being is the one who understands the most about the life in which he is placed. (Helen Keller)
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“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”
Ignorance is bliss until it hits you in the face.
The real education is the one that will set you free.
You can't be a great teacher if you stop being a student. We are all students for life. To stop learning is to stop living.
Supposedly we know and don't purposely suppress the truth, our education is neither inefficient nor irresponsible, and there is no rampant ignorance and irreligion, consequently, whoever is intelligent, educated and presumably honest should in all fairness be allowed to publish his arguments against current doctrine. (John Milton)
Areopagitica is a 1644 prose polemic by John Milton, which was about opposing licensing and censorship, and defending the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. (Albert Einstein).
It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education. (Albert Einstein).
I never teach my pupils I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. (Albert Einstein).
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are not certain, they do not refer to reality. (Albert Einstein) - Albert Einstein Quotes - Einstein Archives - Albert Einstein.
“The great academic tradition of knowing more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing.”
The traditional argument that mass education was necessary for intelligent participation in political democracy and that it must extend beyond the common school was heard in discussions regarding high schools, libraries, and Chautauquas.
A popular government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people that mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge brings. (James Madison)
"The essential aim of...the most democratic movements we have is to train ourselves, to learn how to use the work of experts, to find our will, to educate our will, to integrate our wills...it is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them..in politics we do not keep these different kinds of information apart..." Mary Parker Follett, Creative experience, 1924.
If higher education is to become a civic learning organization it will mean giving conscious attention to the public and productive qualities of the creation and diffusion of knowledge. Putting the "public" back into public universities means multiplying public spaces, where people with diverse views can wrestle with controversial issues. It means keeping knowledge creation public, open, and accessible - resisting trends toward the privatization and patenting of knowledge.
"Let the tutor not merely require a verbal account of what the boy has been taught but the meaning and the substance of it: let him judge how the child has profited from it not from the evidence of his memory but from that of his life. Let him take what the boy has just learned and make him show him dozens of different aspects of it and then apply it to just as many different subjects, in order to find out whether he has really grasped it and make it part of himself, judging the boy's progress by what Plato taught about education. Spewing up food exactly as you have swallowed it is evidence of a failure to digest and assimilate it; the stomach has not done its job if, during concoction, it fails to change the substance and the form of what it is given." (Michel de Montaigne)
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt)
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” (Khalil Gibran)
“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.” (Aristotle)
“Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.” (Cato)
Acquire new knowledge while thinking over the old and you may become a teacher of others. (Confucius)
“Teach the children so that it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” (Abraham Lincoln)
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. (Abraham Lincoln)
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” (Plato)
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” (Edward Bulwer Lytton)
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. (John Cotton Dana)
To teach is to learn twice. (Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842)
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)
“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” (Bob Talbert)
"When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, 'Not to unlearn what you have learned" (Diogenes La Brtius)
You learn something every day if you pay attention. (Ray LeBlond)
A self-governing society cannot endure if its citizens are not virtuous.
Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. (Tao Te Ching)
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future, the learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. (Eric Hoffer) - Reflections on the Human Condition.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. (Mortimer J. Adler)
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. (Woodrow Wilson)
“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” (Emma Goldman)
“The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.” (Ayn Rand)
“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think—rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.” (Bill Beattie)
“The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” (Bishop Mandell Creighton)
"What gets measured, gets done." (Tom Peters)
"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." (Samuel Johnson)
The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit. (Samuel Johnson)
“The central job of schools is to maximize the capacity of each student.” (Carol Ann Tomlinson)
"Instead of being havens of independent thought, universities have become channels of indoctrination…confirming the prejudices of those who control the agenda of public discourse. Behind its ivy-colored camouflage, American higher education is a fraud—untrue to its students, untrue to itself." (Ralph Bennett)
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)
We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat. (Winston Churchill)
The word Education comes from the Latin e-ducere meaning "to lead out." In ancient Greece, Socrates argued that education is about drawing out what was already within the student.
No man is an Island. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. (John Donne)
McNamara Fallacy; the tendency to make the measurable important rather then making the important measurable.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. (John W. Gardner)
Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics. (Leighann Lord)
If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job. (Donald D. Quinn)
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. (Malcolm Forbes)
Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. (William Haley)
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. (Victor Hugo)
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. (Edward Everett)
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Attributed to both Andy McIntyre & Derek Bok)
You can get all A's and still flunk life. (Walker Percy)
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. (Bertrand Russell)
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. (Benjamin Franklin)
Still I am learning. -- Michelangelo, on his death bed
"The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar." (Michel de Montaigne)
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. (George Bernard Shaw)
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. (Robert Maynard Hutchins)
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. (Elbert Hubbard)
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. (Henry L. Doherty)
Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating. (Robert Brault)
“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music” (Frank Capra)
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. (Lloyd Alexander)
You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way. (Marvin Minsky)
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. (Chinese Proverb)
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. (Dr. Seuss)
One of the most wonderful things about education is that a single teacher can change a kids life.
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"What is desired is that the teacher cease being lecturer, satisfied with transmitting ready made solutions; his (her) role should rather be that of a mentor, stimulating initiative and research." (Jean Piaget)
Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
The earth has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed. (Mahatma Gandhi)
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt, 1910)
The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.”
The surest way to assure the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Bishop Steere)
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once. (Samuel Smiles)
They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority. (Gerald Massey)
"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do." (Norman Juster)
It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. (Aleck Bourne)
Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food. (Jim Rohn)
"Knowledge becomes power only when we put it into use." (Anonymous)
"A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying." (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
"Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months." (Anthony J. D'Angelo)
Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Education has two purposes. The first is to act as a great sorter with which “the best geniuses will be raked from the rubbish annually” to create an “aristocracy of worth and genius.” The second is to improve the minds of all citizens to a certain degree so that they could protect the nation from the “germ of corruption.” (Thomas Jefferson)
Thomas Jefferson and Education (wiki)
Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge
Student Rights (the right to a good education)
1796 "Act to Establish Public Schools"
Educating the People
An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. It should be noted, that when Jefferson speaks of "science," he is often referring to knowledge or learning in general.
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207
"The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526
"The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810. ME 12:417
"The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one of] those which ought to shape its administration." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. ME 3:322
"Though [the people] may acquiesce, they cannot approve what they do not understand." --Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on Apportionment Bill, 1792. ME 3:211
No Freedom Without Education
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
"Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own iberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 1805.
"No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity." --Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1821. ME 19:408
"Freedom [is] the first-born daughter of science." --Thomas Jefferson to Francois D'Ivernois, 1795. ME 9:297
"Light and liberty go together." --Thomas Jefferson to Tench Coxe, 1795.
"Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. Madison Version FE 4:480
Education and Republican Government
"[I have] a conviction that science is important to the preservation of our republican government, and that it is also essential to its protection against foreign power." --Thomas Jefferson to -----, 1821. ME 15:340
"There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1814. ME 14:84
"The value of science to a republican people, the security it gives to liberty by enlightening the minds of its citizens, the protection it affords against foreign power, the virtue it inculcates, the just emulation of the distinction it confers on nations foremost in it; in short, its identification with power, morals, order and happiness (which merits to it premiums of encouragement rather than repressive taxes), are considerations [that should] always [be] present and [bear] with their just weight." --Thomas Jefferson: On the Book Duty, 1821.
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. ME 7:253
"[In a republic, according to Montesquieu in Spirit of the Laws, IV,ch.5,] 'virtue may be defined as the love of the laws and of our country. As such love requires a constant preference of public to private interest, it is the source of all private virtue; for they are nothing more than this very preference itself... Now a government is like everything else: to preserve it we must love it... Everything, therefore, depends on establishing this love in a republic; and to inspire it ought to be the principal business of education; but the surest way of instilling it into children is for parents to set them an example.'" --Thomas Jefferson: copied into his Commonplace Book.
"In the constitution of Spain as proposed by the late Cortes, there was a principle entirely new to me:... that no person born after that day should ever acquire the rights of citizenship until he could read and write. It is impossible sufficiently to estimate the wisdom of this provision. Of all those which have been thought of for securing fidelity in the administration of the government, constant reliance to the principles of the constitution, and progressive amendments with the progressive advances of the human mind or changes in human affairs, it is the most effectual." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816. ME 14:491
"[The] provision [in the new constitution of Spain] which, after a certain epoch, disfranchises every citizen who cannot read and write... is the fruitful germ of the improvement of everything good and the correction of everything imperfect in the present constitution. This will give you an enlightened people and an energetic public opinion which will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130
Government's Responsibility to Educate
"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. (Forrest version) ME 6:392
"It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that, too, of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This is the business of the state to effect, and on a general plan." --Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1786. ME 19:24
Educate Every Citizen
"A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest of all the public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:102
"It is highly interesting to our country, and it is the duty of its functionaries, to provide that every citizen in it should receive an education proportioned to the condition and pursuits of his life." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213
"The mass of our citizens may be divided into two classes -- the laboring and the learned. The laboring will need the first grade of education to qualify them for their pursuits and duties; the learned will need it as a foundation for further acquirements." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213
"By... [selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:206
"Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit to society, to make an opening for the aristocracy of virtue and talent, which nature has wisely provided for the direction of the interests of society and scattered with equal hand through all its conditions, was deemed essential to a well-ordered republic." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. MW 1:54
"I do most anxiously wish to see the highest degrees of education given to the higher degrees of genius and to all degrees of it, so much as may enable them to read and understand what is going on in the world and to keep their part of it going on right; for nothing can keep it right but their own vigilant and distrustful superintendence." --Thomas Jefferson to Mann Page, 1795. ME 9:30
Importance for Personal Development
"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:99
"If the Wise be the happy man... he must be virtuous too; for, without virtue, happiness cannot be. This then is the true scope of all academical emulation." --Thomas Jefferson to Amos J. Cook, 1816. ME 14:405
"The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Knox, 1810. ME 12:360
"The reflections that the boys of this age are to be the men of the next; that they should be prepared to receive the holy charge which we are cherishing to deliver over to them; that in establishing an institution of wisdom for them, we secure it to all our future generations; that in fulfilling this duty, we bring home to our own bosoms the sweet consolation of seeing our sons rising under a luminous tuition, to destinies of high promise; these are considerations which will occur to all." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:314
Training Republican Statesmen
"Nor must we omit to mention among the benefits of education the incalculable advantage of training up able counselors to administer the affairs of our country in all its departments, legislative, executive and judiciary, and to bear their proper share in the councils of our national government: nothing more than education advancing the prosperity, the power, and the happiness of a nation." --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.
"Laws will be wisely formed and honestly administered in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the public happiness that those persons whom nature has endowed with genius and virtue should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens; and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance. But the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating at their own expense those of their children whom nature has fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, it is better that such should be sought for and educated at the common expense of all, than that the happiness of all should be confined to the weak or wicked." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:527
"We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle, to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth... This canker is eating on the vitals of our existence, and if not arrested at once, will be beyond remedy." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:315
"The reward of esteem, respect and gratitude [is] due to those who devote their time and efforts to render the youths of every successive age fit governors for the next." --Thomas Jefferson to Hugh L. White, et al., 1810. ME 12:388
Hope for the Improvement of Mankind
"I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Cornelius Camden Blatchly, 1822. ME 15:399
"If the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, education is to be the chief instrument in effecting it." --Thomas Jefferson to M. A. Jullien, 1818. ME 15:172
"What but education has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbors? And what chains them to their present state of barbarism and wretchedness but a bigoted veneration for the supposed superlative wisdom of their fathers and the preposterous idea that they are to look backward for better things and not forward, longing, as it should seem, to return to the days of eating acorns and roots rather than indulge in the degeneracies of civilization?" --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.
"I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.
The path to Enlightenment is a path constructed of words. Each word that you understand will bring you farther down the path.
Stay centered on this path for there are words on both sides. At the end of the path is a tunnel and at the end of the tunnel is an opening. That opening is a level of Consciousness that can’t be explained but only experienced. You will become aware of the Energy that resides in your being, an energy that you will learn to control. And with this control are possibilities beyond your wildest dreams. But don’t forget that you are still on a path. A path with many doors. And with each door you must choose wisely for these doors are gateways to vast areas that have no words and no markers. So it would be wise if you marked your journey with words. Reason one, so that you may find your way back in case you get lost. Reason two, so that someone else my follow your path or at least know why you have chosen this path to begin with.
There are many paths, but the goal is the same in each. There is always the easy way and a hard way of reaching the goal.
There is the direct route, or the devious route, which leads up highways and byways. The choice is always up to the individual.
You are absolutely free too choose your own path. Therefore seek and follow it and in the end you will reach the goal.
Your self-realization of Me. The divinity within you. (From, The Living Word by Eileen Caddy).
Path of Least Resistance
Spiritual - Ideas - Inspiration - Epiphany
"There was always this one path that intersected every path that I have ever been on in my life, and that path was the path of knowledge."
"Just because someone loses their way doesn't mean that they are lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help, to be shown a better path, a better path then the one we are currently on."
“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” (Aristotle).
"The noblest work in education is to make a reasoning man, and we expect to train a young child by making him reason! This is 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.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau Emile).
Each age, like every individual, has it's own characteristic intoxication; we must seek in each decade the joys natural to our years. If play is the effervescence of childhood, and love is the wine of youth, the solace of age is understanding. If you you would be content in age, be wise with Solon and learn something every day. Education is not a task, it is a lifelong happiness, an ennobling intimacy with great people, an unhurried excursion into all realms of loveliness and wisdom. If in youth we fell in love with beauty, in maturity we can make friends with genius. Will Durant.
"Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul." Will Durant.
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Thomas Szasz: Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.
Bill Vaughan: People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.
" Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." - Henry Ford
"A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out" - Anon
" Believe in yourself, be strong, never give up no matter what the circumstances are. You are a champion and will overcome the dreaded obstacles. Champions take failure as a learning opportunity, so take in all you can, and run with it. Be your best and don't ever ever give up." - Brad Gerrard
"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements" - Napoleon Hill
"Did you know that the Chinese symbol for 'crisis' includes a symbol which means 'opportunity'? - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world" - Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
"Every artist was at first an amateur." - Ralph W. Emerson
"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" - NLP adage
"If you find yourself saying 'But I can't speak English...', try adding the word '...yet' - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"If what you're doing isn't working, try something else!" - NLP adage
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Derek Bok
"If you know what you want, you are more likely to get it" - NLP adage
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen." - Elinor Smith
"It's not just about looking and copying, it's about feeling too" - Paul Cezanne
"It's ok to try things out, to ask questions, to feel unsure, to let your mind wander, to daydream, to ask for help, to experiment, to take time out, not to know, to practise, to ask for help again - and again, to make mistakes, to check your understanding" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Learning is never done without errors and defeat." - Vladimir Lenin
"Nothing we ever imagined is beyond our powers, only beyond our present self-knowledge" - Theodore Roszak
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he could not do." - Henry Ford
"One must have strategies to execute dreams." - Azim Premji, CEO Wipro Ind
"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try." - Sophocles
"People learn more quickly by doing something or seeing something done." - Gilbert Highet
"Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts." - Unknown
"The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." - Pierre de Coubertin
"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." - Chinese Proverb
"Too much credit is given to the end result. The true lesson is in the struggle that takes place between the dream and reality. That struggle is a thing called life!" - Garth Brooks
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Aristotle
" The only dreams impossible to reach are the ones you never pursue." - Michael Deckman
" There two types of people; the can do and the can't. Which are you?" - George R. Cabrera
"Whenever you feel like saying 'Yes, but....`, try saying instead 'Yes, and....'" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't...you're right!" - Henry Ford
"Worry is misuse of the imagination" - Mary Crowley
"You haven't failed, until you stop trying" - Unknown
"You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative, don't mess with Mr In-between" - Popular song
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