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





We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


No one wants a good education. Everyone wants a good degree.


Lee Rudolph


All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Education... which makes men happiest in themselves also makes them more serviceable to others.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.


Lillian Smith (1897-1966, American author)


Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.


Robert C. Savage


True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.


Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945, American educator)


Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.


Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829, German philosopher, critic, writer)


The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our school-masters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.


Charles de Secondat


What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.


B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner (1904-1990, American psychologist)


An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul. To Miss Mackay, it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education, I call it intrusion.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.


Joseph Stalin (1879-1953, Georgian-born Soviet leader)


A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.


James B. Stockdale


The worst education which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that.


John Sterling (American sports announcer)


I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


Now, if the principle of toleration were once admitted into classical education -- if it were admitted that the great object is to read and enjoy a language, and the stress of the teaching were placed on the few things absolutely essential to this result, if the tortoise were allowed time to creep, and the bird permitted to fly, and the fish to swim, towards the enchanted and divine sources of Helicon -- all might in their own way arrive there, and rejoice in its flowers, its beauty, and its coolness.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.


Anne Sullivan (1866-1936, American educator of the deaf, blind)


It is only the ignorant who despise education.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


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; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 22:6


Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 22:6


How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A college education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it.


Author Unknown


An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life.


Author Unknown


Education has opened many, many doors. However, there are still innumerable doors shut tight -- unopened yet. These are the doors of the future. Perhaps one of my children will open one of these doors -- I shall help give him the key.


Author Unknown


Education is not received. It is achieved.


Author Unknown


Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.


Author Unknown


I just graduated and already I'm way behind.


Author Unknown


If nobody dropped out of eighth grade, who would hire the college graduates?


Author Unknown


Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.


Author Unknown


Public school is a place of detention for children placed in the care of teachers who are afraid of the principal, principals who are afraid of the school board, school boards who are afraid of the parents, parents who are afraid of the children, and children who are afraid of nobody.


Author Unknown


Shortchange your education now and you may be short of change the rest of your life.


Author Unknown


The world is run by C students.


Author Unknown


You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much.


Author Unknown


School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


It is, sir, as I have said, a small college -- and yet there are those who love it.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


If our education had included training to bear unpleasantness and to let the first shock pass until we could think more calmly, many an unbearable situation would become manageable, and many a nervous illness avoided. There is proverb expressing this. It says,  trouble is a tunnel thorough which we pass and not a brick wall against which we must break our head.


Claire Weeks


The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils.


Arthur (Duke of Wellington) Wellesley (1769-1852, British statesman, military leader)


There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God... and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.


Orson F. Whitney


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Education, we see, is not merely gaining knowledge or skills helpful toward productive work, though certainly that is a part of it. Rather it is a replenishment and an expansion of the natural thirst of the mind and soul. Learning is a gradual process of growth, each step building upon the other. It is a process whereby the learner organizes and integrates not only facts but attitudes and values. The Lord has told us that we must open our minds and our hearts to learn. There is a Chinese proverb: Wisdom is as the moon rises, perceptible not in progress but in result. As our knowledge is converted to wisdom, the door to opportunity is unlocked.


Barbara W. Winder


Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.


Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon leader)


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