Education: 
Cynical and Philosophical

 

Day

The Cynical

The Philosophical

1

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

--Henry Adams

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

--Joseph Addison

2

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. 

--Woody Allen

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

--Ambrose Bierce

3

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.

--Tallulah Bankhead

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 stones. 

--Charlotte Bronte

4

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. 

--Derek Bok

Any place that anyone young can learn something useful from someone with experience is an educational institution. 

--Al Capp

5

Education is a wonderful thing. If you couldn't sign your name you'd have to pay cash. 

--Rita Mae Brown

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. 

--Marcus Tullius Cicero

6

Education is the period during which I was being instructed by somebody I did not know, about something I did not want to know. 

--G. K. Chesterton

Nothing is the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not;. . . Genius will not;. . . Education will not; . . . Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 

--Calvin Coolidge

7

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.

--Agnes George DeMille

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. 

-- Diogenes

8

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance. 

--Will Durant

There is no education like adversity. 

--Benjamin Disraeli

9

Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

--Erich Fromm

You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. 

--Fyodor Dostoyevs

10

We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

11

Football is a sport that bears the same relationship to education that bullfighting does to agriculture. 

--Elbert Hubbard

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived. 

--Henry Fielding

12

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education

--Victor Hugo

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. 

--Benjamin Franklin

13

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. 

--C. S. Lewis

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

--Robert Frost

14

Now that education is so easy, men are drilled for greatness, just as dogs are trained to retrieve. In this way we've discovered a new sort of genius, those great at being drilled. These are the people who are mainly spoiling the market.

--G. C. Lichtenberg

Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.

--Edward Gibbon

15

Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner. 

--John Lubbock

There can be no education without leisure, and without leisure education is worthless. 

--Sarah Josepha Hale

16

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education

--Wilson Mizner

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure. 

--Sydney J. Harris

17

Education helps one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. 

--Laurence J. Peter

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. 

--Robert M. Hutchins

18

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains. 

--Mary Pettibone Poole

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

--Thomas Huxley

19

There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education

--Will Rogers

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education

--John F. Kennedy

20

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. 

--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. He tries and fails maybe a 1000 times. If he succeeds once then he's in.

--Charles Kettering

21

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

--Pete Seeger

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

--Robert E. Lee

22

My education [takes place] during the holidays from Eton. 

--Osbert Sitwell

Education is about the only thing lying around loose the world, and it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away.

--George Lorimer

23

Indeed one of the ultimate advantages of an education is simply coming to the end of it. 

--B. F. Skinner

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 . . . . For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?

--Maria Montessori

24

Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive. 

--Josephine Tey

Any sort of training which aims at acquiring wealth or bodily strength is not worthy to be called education at all. 

-- Plato

25

Education is going to college to learn to express your ignorance in scientific terms.

-- Unknown

It is impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning. 

--Agnes Repplier

26

Education should include knowledge of what to do with it. 

-- Unknown

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

--B. F. Skinner

27

Never let your studies interfere with your education

-- Unknown

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

--Lilian Smith

28

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.

--John Updike

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

--Anne Sullivan

29

Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man's lifetime income -- which he then spends sending his son to college.

--Bill Vaughan

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

--H. G. Wells

30

The whole problem of intellectual education is controlled by lack of time. If Methuselah was not a well-educated man, it was his own fault or that of his teachers. 

--Alfred North Whitehead

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

--William Butler Yeats


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