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)

Education is the best provision for old age.
    Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
    B. F. Skinner (1904 – 1990), New Scientist, May 21, 1964

The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people.
    Claiborne Pell (1918 – )

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology.
    Clive James

The number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.
    Denis Diderot (1713 – 1784)

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

Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
    Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 – 1734), Gnomologia, 1732

Only the educated are free.
    Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD), Discourses

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
    Evan Esar (1899 – 1995)

Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
    G. M. Trevelyan (1876 – 1962), English Social History (1942)

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
    Gail Godwin

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
    H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946), Outline of History (1920)

College isn’t the place to go for ideas.
    Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

Education has for its object the formation of character.
    Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903)

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
    Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903)

Bachelor’s degrees make pretty good placemats if you get ’em laminated.
    J. Jacques, Questionable Content, 01-04-07

That’s what college is for – getting as many bad decisions as possible out of the way before you’re forced into the real world. I keep a checklist of ’em on the wall in my room.
    J. Jacques, Questionable Content, 01-04-07

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
    James A. Garfield (1831 – 1881), July 12, 1880

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
    John Ciardi (1916 – 1986)

She knows what is the best purpose of education: not to be frightened by the best but to treat it as part of daily life.
    John Mason Brown (1900 – 1969)

Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.
    L. L. Henderson

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
    Laurence J. Peter (1919 – 1988)

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
    Malcolm Forbes (1919 – 1990), in Forbes Magazine

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
    Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
    Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.
    Mary Pettibone Poole, A Glass Eye at a Keyhole, 1938

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.
    Norman Douglas

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

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
    Plato (427 BC – 347 BC), The Republic

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
    Plutarch (46 AD – 120 AD), Morals

It is only the ignorant who despise education.
    Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims

The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.
    R. D. Hitchcock

A college degree is not a sign that one is a finished product but an indication a person is prepared for life.
    Reverend Edward A. Malloy, Monk’s Reflections

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
    Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes, in the nature of the case, different points of view.
    Robert Hutchins (1899 – 1977)

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
    Russell Green

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; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
    Thomas H. Huxley (1825 – 1895)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
    Will Durant (1885 – 1981)

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
    Wilson Mizner (1876 – 1933)

Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.
    Wu Ting-Fang


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