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





We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.


Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915, French novelist, philosopher, poet, playwright)


If the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated .... Education is to be the chief instrument in effecting it.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.


Paul E. Gray


We are commanded to love God with all our minds, as well as with all our hearts, and we commit a great sin if we forbid or prevent that cultivation of the mind in others which would enable them to perform this duty.


Angelina Grimke (1805-1879, American abolitionist, feminist)


Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.


Sir William Haley


Higher education must lead the march back to the fundamentals of human relationships, to the old discovery that is ever new, that man does not live by bread alone.


John A. Hannah


Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Education is the art of making man ethical.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Much learning does not teach understanding.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


Education at school continues what has been done at home: it crystallizes the optical illusion, consolidates it with book learning, theoretically legitimizes the traditional trash and trains the children to know without understanding and to accept denominations for definitions. Astray in his conceptions, entangled in words, man loses the flair for truth, the taste for nature. What a powerful intellect must you possess, to be suspicious of this moral carbon dioxide and with your head swimming already, to hurl yourself out of it into the fresh air, with which, into the bargain, everyone round is trying to scare you!


Alexander Herzen (1812-1870, Russian journalist, political thinker)


Education is the ability to meet life's situations.


Dr. John G. Hibben


Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.


Sam Houston (1793-1863, American soldier, statesman)


You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him to think.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


The public school has become the established church of secular society.


Ivan Illich (1926-, Austrian-born American theologian, author)


The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.


Michael Jackson (1958-, American musician, songwriter)


I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool than I am.


Alice James (1848-1892, American diarist, sister of William James)


Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The educated man tries to repress the inferior one in himself, without realizing that by this he forces the latter to become revolutionary.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.


James Keller


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 (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.


Francis Keppel


The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.


Florence E. King (1936-, American author, critic)


Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


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


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Education is the controlling grace to the young, consolation to the old, wealth to the poor, and ornament to the rich.


Diogenes Laertius


The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.


Timothy Leary (1921-1996, American actor)


The education of a man is never complete until he dies.


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


The education of a man is never complete until he dies.


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Moral education, as I understand it, is not about inculcating obedience to law or cultivating self-virtue, it is rather about finding within us an ever-increasing sense of the worth of creation. It is about how we can develop and deepen our intuitive sense of beauty and creativity.


Andrew Linzey


No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate in escaping regular education.


Hugh MacDiarmid


Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.


James Madison (1751-1836, American statesman, president)


Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Our attitude towards ourselves should be "to be satiable in learning" and towards others "to be tireless in teaching."


Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)


The aim of education should be to convert the mind into a living fountain, and not a reservoir.


John Mason


The system -- the American one, at least -- is a vast and noble experiment. It has been polestar and exemplar for other nations. But from kindergarten until she graduates from college the girl is treated in it exactly like her brothers. She studies the same subjects, becomes proficient at the same sports. Oh, it is a magnificent lore she learns, education for the mind beyond anything Jane Austen or Saint Theresa or even Mrs. Pankhurst ever dreamed. It is truly Utopian. But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


The school system, custodian of print culture, has no place for the rugged individual. It is, indeed, the homogenizing hopper into which we toss our integral tots for processing.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child's curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching, for his scholastic coaching, for his scholastic difficulties.


Alice Duer Miller


In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page -- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk -- they are all part of the curriculum.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.


Sir Claus Moser (1922-, German-born British academic, warden of Wadham College, Oxford)


In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Our education must therefore inoculate a sense of commitment to the total community and help the pupils to accept the values appropriate to our kind of future.


Julius Kambarge Nyerere (1922-, Tanzanian president)


Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into a life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.


Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990, Indian diplomat)


Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.


Laurence J. Peter


The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done -- men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.


Jean Piaget (1896-1980, Swiss experimenters and theorists)


Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Education forms the common mind.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Invest in yourself, in your education. There's nothing better.


Sylvia Porter


Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I'll understand.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Better untaught than ill taught.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Experience runs a valuable school, but fools learn in no other.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


You know, you teach. You do not know, you learn.


Lao Proverb


By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


An effeminate education weakens both the mind and the body.


Edgar Quinet (1803-1875, French poet, historian, politician)


Formal education is but an incident in the lifetime of an individual. Most of us who have given the subject any study have come to realize that education is a continuous process ending only when ambition comes to a halt.


R. I. Rees


Both class and race survive education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn't help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people?


Beah Richards


The child is not to be educated for the present, but for the remote future, and often is opposition to the immediate future.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.


Carl Rogers (1902-1987, American psychotherapist)


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


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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All of life is constant education.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.


Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978, American art critic, author)


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