Alvin Toffler:

    The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Anatole France:

    The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

Ariel and Will Durant:

    Education is the transmission of civilization.


    All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Arthur Koestler:

    Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Bill Beattie:

    The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

Dean William R. Inge:

    The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.

Douglas Adams:

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Edith Hamilton:

    It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated.

Edith Hamilton:

    To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is educated.

Finley Peter Dunne:

    Ye can lead a man up to the university, but you can’t make him think.

Flannery O’Conner:

    Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

George Bernard Shaw:

    A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

George Peabody:

    Education: a debt due from present to future generations.

John Dewey:

    Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.

John Dewey:

    I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile…. But through education, society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move…. Education thus conceived marks the most perfect and intimate union of science and art conceivable in human experience.

Lord Brougham:

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

Maria Mitchell:

    We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.

Maria Mitchell:

    Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

Maria Montessori:

    Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

Marian Wright Edelman:

    Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Nelson Mandela:

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Pablo Picasso:

    All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Patricia Neal:

    A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.

Paulo Freire:

    Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

Pete Seeger:

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

Rabbinical saying:

    Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

Richard Bach:

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

Robert Green Ingersoll:

    It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

Saint Francis de Sales:

    You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.

Will Durant:

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

William Butler Yeats:

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

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