QUOTES about EDUCATION and TEACHING

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

Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty, how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes. Henry Ward Beecher

It is education that forms the common mind, just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined. Alexander Pope

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

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Mark Twain

To teach is to learn twice over. Joseph Joubert

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

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams

He dons are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything. Samuel Butler

My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. Seneca

The whole secret of a teacher’s force lies in the conviction that men are convertible. Emerson

The learning of books that you do not make your own wisdom is money in the hands of another in time of need. Proverb
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Einstein

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

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete. Epictetus

An education is the investment with the greatest returns. Benjamin Franklin

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

Pain is a teacher from whom we can learn much. John Powell

Mathematicians have exact minds, provided all things are explained to them by means of definitions and axioms; otherwise they are inaccurate and insufferable, for they are only right when the principles are quite clear. Pascal

A child miseducated is a child lost. John F Kennedy

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

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

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon. Alexander Pope 

Education begins a gentle man, conversation completes him. Thomas Fuller

A child like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention. Aldous Huxley

It is the intelligent and highly educated that agonize over their limitations. Louis Eliot

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men, who talk in a road, according to the notions they have borrowed and the prejudices of their education. John Locke

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

It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled. Lowell

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. William Hazlitt  

A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, they do with crippled minds. Malcolm X

Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. Ambrose Bierce

My second grade teacher never liked me much, and one assignment I turned in annoyed her so extravagantly that the red pencil with which she scrawled “see me” broke through the lined paper.  Quoted in: Parallel Play: a Memoir of growing up with undiagnosed Asperger’s by Tim Page

I began my education at a very early age; in fact, right after I left college. Winston Churchill

Edification is the process whereby one attains a higher level of bias. Hal Morgan

The secret of education is respecting the pupil. Emerson

The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances. Emerson

One should always think of what one is about; when one is learning, one should not think of play; and when one is at play, one should not think of learning. Lord Chesterfield

The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education. Emerson

By its nature, the metropolis provides what can only be given by travelling, mainly, strange. Source Jane Jacobs

What we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so. Emerson

What first stuns the young writer emerging from college is that there is no clear-cut road for him to travel on.  He must chop a path in the wilderness of his own soul, a disheartening process, lifelong and lonesome and therefore, of what use graduate work? Source: Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch 

By nature all men are alike, but by education widely different. Proverb

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. Kofi Annan

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly. Plato

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato

The direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future life. Plato

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance. Abraham Lincoln

When we want to please the world, we must resign ourselves to learning many things from people who are ignorant of them. Unknown

Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered. Napoleon 

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in the felicity of lighting on good education. Plutarch

Anecdote: I have always said to students that if you really want to know how to speak Shakespeare, Sir John Gielgud and Frank Sinatra will teach you. Because one used to present the whole arc of a speech and the other presented the whole arc of a song, without any intrusive extreme emphases. Quote from: And Furthermore by Judi Dench

Nature has always had more power than education. Voltaire

That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste. William Hazlitt

They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless. Goethe

Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means; the training which makes man happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others.  John Ruskin

Once you have the cap and gown all you need do is open your mouth. Whatever nonsense you talk becomes wisdom and all the rubbish good sense. Moliere

Genius last longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. Aristotle

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle

To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men. Aristotle

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things; the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit. Samuel Johnson

The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller

Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature. Thomas Henry Huxley

That man, I think, has had a liberal education, who has been so trained in youth that his body is the ready servant of his will. Thomas Henry Huxley

Learning is its own exceeding great reward. William Hazlitt

We cannot afford to settle for being just average; we must learn as much as we can to be the best that we can. The key word is education; education with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be in charge of ourselves or anyone else. Bill Cosby

How is it children are so intelligent and men so stupid; it must be education that does it. Alexandre Dumas

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. Confucius

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H.G. Wells

A teacher once told a gifted child that many great men and women had failed to use their abilities in beneficial and productive ways. The student thought a moment, then asked, “Then how can they be thought of as great?”

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the remarkable fact that many inventions had their birth as toys. Eric Hoffer

A man though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind. Sophocles

A group of young women embarked on a training course were visited by a nutritionist.  As one member recollects: She said she was going to give those of us on one side of the room a pleasant solution to swallow, and the other group a very unpleasant one.  We all responded in the expected manner.  Those who were told the drink was pleasant enjoyed it-and the others said it was terrible. It was with a wry smile that our teacher informed us that they were both in fact the same solution.  This taught us the power of persuasion. Source: Pelican Crossing by Hilary Cotterill

I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln

I took no notes. … I seemed not to want anyone else’s exact phrases to enter that brooding orifice called the mind”. … Though I was left with no record of lectures, this was not to trouble my progress.  I seemed to recall their import by some process, akin to digestion maybe, that went on while I was unaware.  … I could not be taught, but I could learn-how intently could I do that! Source: Tattoo for a Slave by Hortense Calisher

Some of us are natural autodidacts. Others learn best through visual representation-others still by auditory cues. For me, the most agreeable and effective instruction has come from observing the nuances and complexities of live action, the complete package of knowledge, experience and judgment that is another human being. Whenever I make a new friend, my mind goes naturally to the question, what can I learn from this person. There are very few people in the world whom you can’t learn something from, but even rarer are those souls who can reveal whole worlds to you if you observe them carefully. Source: My beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

The only rational way of educating is to be an example. If one can't help it, a warning example.  Albert Einstein

Pedantry crams our heads with learned lumber and takes out our brains to make room for it. Charles Caleb Colton

School is in many ways the beginning of those shark infested waters, when people, innocent children in this instance are hauled out of the utopia that is the family unit, hopefully full of love and warmth and protection, to be thrust instead into a whole other world where they are instantly told what they are and are not good at, who's better than them and why they need to change immediately. Quote cited by Chris Evans TV presenter.

There is only one thing that can kill the movies, and that is education. Will Rogers

I must have been the laziest student ever to cadge a high school diploma. This I did-barely- through a combination of flirting with male teachers and bribing other students to write term papers for me. College, I felt, was for nerds and I had no urge to become one. Then, my cousin, 2000 miles away, asked me to visit her at her university. I agreed out of courtesy. Well! Not long after getting there, the sight of dozens of gorgeous young men, all looking for girls with goals, made me ache to ask, “Where can I register?” Of course it wasn't that simple. I went back to my parents’ home and enrolled in a small local college. For the first time I studied hard, really hard, with so much to catch up on. Finally though, I moved forward. Now, nearly 15 years later, I am in charge of my own daycare center. I love my work; despite my circuitous start, I feel fulfilled and happy. Quoted by Jean Ross

DEFINITION and MEANING
The word “Education” derived from the Greek “to lead out”, encompasses numerous avenues of learning. While associated with a school setting, through a lifetime, we continue to learn both via joy and tribulation.


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