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Education quotes and quotations

As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
Virgil

Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
John Dewey

Only people who die very young learn all they really need to know in kindergarten.
Wendy Kaminer

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson

Ye can lead a man up to the university, but you can't make him think.
Finley Peter Dunne

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
John Dewey

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.
Russell Baker

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.
Susan B. Anthony

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
Thucydides

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry B. Adams

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Anne Frank

Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars.
John F. Kennedy

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Rabbinical saying

Many public-school children seem to know only two dates--1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened on either occasion.
Mark Twain

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Thomas Jefferson

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.
Dean William R. Inge

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
Maria Mitchell

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Epictetus

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Beatrix Potter

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantlepiece forever.
Virginia Woolfe

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
Charlotte Bronte

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

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
Henry Steele Commager

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Cooper

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
John Burroughs

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
Benjamin Jowett

Education is the transmission of civilization.
Ariel and Will Durant

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Arthur Koestler

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. On Being a Teacher
Jonathan Kozol

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it,
requires brains.
Mary Pettibone Poole

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

All I really need to know ... I learned in kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Henry B. Adams

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
Gloria Steinem

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
Mortimer Adler

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
Gloria Steinem

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
Epictetus

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
Pete Seeger

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
Aristotle

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

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
Marian Wright Edelman

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Annie Sullivan

Cramming seeks to stamp things in by intense application immediately before the ordeal. But a thing thus learned can form but few associations.
William James

Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers.
Richard Bach

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
Saint Francis de Sales

Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced.
Barbara Tuchman

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
George Santayana

Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Maria Mitchell

It takes a village to raise a child.
African proverb

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Maria Montessori

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Roger Lewin

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.
Albert Einstein

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
Ben Sweetland

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Flannery O'Conner

Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.
Lou Ann Walker

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Albert Einstein

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever or whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
Thomas H. Huxley

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Lord Brougham

Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others.
Sidonie Gruenberg

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward.
St. Francis Xavier

Education is a debt due from present to future generations.
George Peabody

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is educated.
Edith Hamilton

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer Adler

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Goethe

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
John Powell

I was determined to know beans. Walden
Henry David Thoreau