An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





They know enough who know how to learn.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Education helps one cease being intimidated by strange situations.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Education is the best provision for old age.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Our schools should get five years to get back to where they were in 1963. If they're still bad maybe we should declare educational bankruptcy, give the people their money and let them educate themselves and start their own schools


William John Bennett (1943-, American federal official)


Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Education is not a discipline at all. Half vocational, half an emptiness dressed up in garments borrowed from philosophy, psychology, literature.


Edward Blishen (1920-, British actor)


Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.


Allan Bloom (1930-1992, American educator, author)


The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.


Allan Bloom (1930-1992, American educator, author)


In my early life, and probably even today, it is not sufficiently understood that a child's education should include at least a rudimentary grasp of religion, sex, and money. Without a basic knowledge of these three primary facts in a normal human being's life -- subjects which stir the emotions, create events and opportunities, and if they do not wholly decide, must greatly influence an individual's personality -- no human being's education can have a safe foundation.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.


Alec Bourne


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


Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981, American general)


There's a new tribunal now higher than God's -- the educated man's!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


We are only now on the threshold of knowing the range of the educability of man - the perfectibility of man. We have never addressed ourselves to this problem before.


Dr. Jerome Brunner


Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution not be taught to their children.


Patrick Buchanan (1938-, American statesman)


If we are to improve our standard of living, protect and defend our democratic freedom, and strengthen our moral character as a nation, nothing is more important than education.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


Opportunity is what America is all about, and education is the key to opportunity. It's a ticket out of poverty.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


The mark of a true MBA is that he is often wrong but seldom in doubt.


Robert Buzzell (1933-2004, American professor, Harvard Business School)


Mentoring is all about people -- it's about caring, about relationships and sensitivity.  As it becomes increasingly in vogue it is becoming too formulated -- concerned with performance metrics, critical success factors, investment and spending. It'll be a disaster.


Rene Carayol (American business executive)


Education, in the broadest of truest sense, will make an individual seek to help all people, regardless of race, regardless of color, regardless of condition.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


We must do better or perish as the nation we know today.


Lauro Cavazos


Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world.  Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap.


Paul Chambers (1904-1981, American business executive)


Education must have two foundations -- morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


It's fairly obvious that American education is a cultural flop. Americans are not a well-educated people culturally, and their vocational education often has to be learned all over again after they leave school and college. On the other hand, they have open quick minds and if their education has little sharp positive value, it has not the stultifying effects of a more rigid training.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


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 minister, author)


Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


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


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.


Chuang Tzu (c 369 BC-286 BC, Chinese philosopher)


Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively.


R.D. Clyde


It is no small mischief to a boy, that many of the best years of his life should be devoted to the learning of what can never be of any real use to any human being. His mind is necessarily rendered frivolous and superficial by the long habit of attaching importance to words instead of things; to sound instead of sense.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


He who reviews old knowledge and continues to learn new knowledge is fit to teach others.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I don't teach the student who isn't eager to learn, nor do I help anyone who isn't eager to express himself. If I present one corner of a subject and the student cannot use it to learn the other three, I won't repeat my lesson.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Better build schoolrooms for "the boy," than cells and gibbets for "the man."


Eliza Cook (1818-1889, British poet)


Few expenditures we can make yield a greater return than those for education. A well-educated person produces more and consumes more, makes wiser decisions at the pools, mounts a stronger defense against aggression, and is better able to perform the grave responsibilities of American citizenship.


Ralph J. Cordiner


It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Education is the fire-proofer of emotions.


Frank Crane (American actor)


The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.


Mandell Creighton (1843-1901, British historian, bishop)


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 (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


If you want to do something to help change your world, you can do that -- one child at a time.


Clifton Davis


Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


The trouble with being educated is that it takes a long time; it uses up the better part of your life and when you are finished what you know is that you would have benefited more by going into banking.


Philip K. Dick (1928-1982, American science fiction writer)


Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


There is no education like adversity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing, but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another.


J. Frank Doble (1888-1964, American author)


Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the mud stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime records unique, violin player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Education can no longer be the sole property of the state.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


It don't make much difference what you study, so long as you don't like it.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


Education ought everywhere to be religious education. Parents are bound to employ no instructors who will instruct their children religiously. To commit children to the care of irreligious persons is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves.


Timothy Dwight


I never was much for saving money, as money. I devoted every cent, regardless of future needs, to scientific books and materials for experiments.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need. strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The sole function of education was to open the way of thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Higher education and business are basically interdependent. One needs money to produce educated people, and the other needs educated people to produce money.


Milton S. Eisenhower


Those who trust us educate us.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


People should be free to find or make for themselves the kinds of educational experience they want their children to have.


John Holt (1908-1967, Australian Prime Minister)


Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The secret in education lies in respecting the student.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Only the educated are free.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.


Edward Everett (1794-1865, American statesman, scholar)


The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education


Paul Karl Feyerabend


Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.


Martin H. Fischer


Riches are mental, not material.


B.C. Forbes


The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


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


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Nine tenths of education is encouragement.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Around every college and university in this nation there exist a handful of people who literally make these institutions go. These are those people who hold the future of the institution in their hands, who make today's dreams, tomorrow's realities.


James W. Frick


Education is hanging around until you've caught on.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


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


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Out of my general world-pattern-trend studies there now comes strong evidence that nothing is going to be quite so surprising and abrupt in the future history of man as the forward evolution in the educational process.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.


David P. Gardner


America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


Most owners of small businesses openly state that they believe in the value of skills and operational training.  However, they also admit that they themselves undertake very little training, or offer only limited training to their employees, because of time restraints.


Moshe Gerstenhaber (American business executive)


Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.


Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944, French diplomat, author)


They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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, American anarchist)


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