Our latest collection of quotes about education.
Education is one of the most powerful things in life. It allows us to find the meaning behind everything and helps improve lives in a massive way.
Education gives us an understanding of the world around us and offers us an opportunity to use that knowledge wisely.
Irrespective of race, creed, and gender, education makes it possible for people to stand out as equal with all the other persons from different walks of life.
Overall, education is the platform that makes it possible to defeat all barriers.
In that respect, here are some powerful education quotes to help us appreciate the power of learning and gaining knowledge.
1.) An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
2.) Change is the end result of all true learning. – Leo Buscaglia
3.) Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
4.) The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle
5.) Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein
6.) The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss
7.) “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
8.) “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ― C.S. Lewis
9.) “The learning process continues until the day you die.” – Kirk Douglas
10.) “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats
11.) Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
12.) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
13.) Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan
14.) A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain
15.) Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. – Edward Everett
16.) They know enough who know how to learn. – Henry Adams
17.) Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.- Abraham Lincoln
18.) Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese proverb
19.) Nine-tenths of education is encouragement. – Anatole France
20.) Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown. – Claude Bernard
21.) “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ― Robert Frost
22.) Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.- Abigail Adams
23.) “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle
24.) It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.- Agnes Repplierg
25.) They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace. – Malala Yousafzai
26.) I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything. – Steven Wright
27.) “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ― Thomas Jefferson
28.) Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.- Dr. W. Edwards Deming
29.) Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.- John Holt
30.) Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. – Og Mandino
31.) Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
32.) “I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”– Ann Brashares
33.) “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite
34.) “To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” ― Muriel Spark
35.) “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” ― Victor Hugo
36.) Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.- Dr. John G. Hibben
37.) Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education. – John Hersey
38.) “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain
39.) “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
40.) “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“ – Marian Wright Edelman
41.) “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.”– Thomas Szasz
42.) You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. – Conrad Hall
43.) The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris
44.) Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. – Ernest Dimnet
45.) “Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph W. Emerson
46.) “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” ― Mark Twain
47.) All men by nature desire to know.- Aristotle
48.) “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois
49.) “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
50.) “Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” ― Anton Chekhov
51.) “Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” – George Weah
“I think the measure of advancement depends on where you are stood and from what distance you look. A thousand years ago, we farmed the fields, built towns and defended our land with swords and spears. It is little different now, save for the number of people we have to protect. We still kill with a sharp edge or point of metal, blood runs red still, sons ride off to war and parents grieve. If you look at the Empire in its whole, then it is peaceful. If you look closely, you will see the small wars, the bandits and rebellions. Look more closely still and you’ll see the petty crimes, the struggle to survive, the rich bleeding the poor. Even the soil can turn against its farmers, yielding few crops. Or the weather, a late frost killing the early crops. There is strife and conflict everywhere in the Empire. Everywhere you find men, you find conflict.”
― G R Matthews
Here are 15 learning quotes that I turn to when I need inspiration to keep going. 15 quotes Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” –Rumi.
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old education quotes, education sayings, and education proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
George Washington Carver
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Education is the movement from darkness to light.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
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.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
Daniel J. Boorstin
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
Let these learning quotes inspire you to learn all you can. Learning gives you knowledge and preparation which gives you opportunity. So learn all you can!.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. (Chinese Proverb)
"To really understand something is to be liberated from it."
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. (Native American Proverb)
All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. (Martin H. Fischer)
It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong. (Martin H. Fischer)
"There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally." (Michel de Montaigne)
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. (Muhammad)
'Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.' (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr)
“Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” (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)
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” (John F. Kennedy)
FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech (youtube) - The Big 5
“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it” (Alexandre Dumas)
"When learning and teaching continually improves, everything improves."
The best educated human being is the one who understands the most about the life in which he is placed. (Helen Keller)
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“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”
Ignorance is bliss until it hits you in the face.
The real education is the one that will set you free.
You can't be a great teacher if you stop being a student. We are all students for life. To stop learning is to stop living.
Supposedly we know and don't purposely suppress the truth, our education is neither inefficient nor irresponsible, and there is no rampant ignorance and irreligion, consequently, whoever is intelligent, educated and presumably honest should in all fairness be allowed to publish his arguments against current doctrine. (John Milton)
Areopagitica is a 1644 prose polemic by John Milton, which was about opposing licensing and censorship, and defending the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. (Albert Einstein).
It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education. (Albert Einstein).
I never teach my pupils I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. (Albert Einstein).
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are not certain, they do not refer to reality. (Albert Einstein) - Albert Einstein Quotes - Einstein Archives - Albert Einstein.
“The great academic tradition of knowing more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing.”
The traditional argument that mass education was necessary for intelligent participation in political democracy and that it must extend beyond the common school was heard in discussions regarding high schools, libraries, and Chautauquas.
A popular government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people that mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge brings. (James Madison)
"The essential aim of...the most democratic movements we have is to train ourselves, to learn how to use the work of experts, to find our will, to educate our will, to integrate our wills...it is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them..in politics we do not keep these different kinds of information apart..." Mary Parker Follett, Creative experience, 1924.
If higher education is to become a civic learning organization it will mean giving conscious attention to the public and productive qualities of the creation and diffusion of knowledge. Putting the "public" back into public universities means multiplying public spaces, where people with diverse views can wrestle with controversial issues. It means keeping knowledge creation public, open, and accessible - resisting trends toward the privatization and patenting of knowledge.
"Let the tutor not merely require a verbal account of what the boy has been taught but the meaning and the substance of it: let him judge how the child has profited from it not from the evidence of his memory but from that of his life. Let him take what the boy has just learned and make him show him dozens of different aspects of it and then apply it to just as many different subjects, in order to find out whether he has really grasped it and make it part of himself, judging the boy's progress by what Plato taught about education. Spewing up food exactly as you have swallowed it is evidence of a failure to digest and assimilate it; the stomach has not done its job if, during concoction, it fails to change the substance and the form of what it is given." (Michel de Montaigne)
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt)
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” (Khalil Gibran)
“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.” (Aristotle)
“Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.” (Cato)
Acquire new knowledge while thinking over the old and you may become a teacher of others. (Confucius)
“Teach the children so that it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” (Abraham Lincoln)
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. (Abraham Lincoln)
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” (Plato)
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” (Edward Bulwer Lytton)
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. (John Cotton Dana)
To teach is to learn twice. (Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842)
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)
“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” (Bob Talbert)
"When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, 'Not to unlearn what you have learned" (Diogenes La Brtius)
You learn something every day if you pay attention. (Ray LeBlond)
A self-governing society cannot endure if its citizens are not virtuous.
Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. (Tao Te Ching)
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future, the learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. (Eric Hoffer) - Reflections on the Human Condition.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. (Mortimer J. Adler)
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. (Woodrow Wilson)
“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” (Emma Goldman)
“The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.” (Ayn Rand)
“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 the thoughts of other men.” (Bill Beattie)
“The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” (Bishop Mandell Creighton)
"What gets measured, gets done." (Tom Peters)
"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." (Samuel Johnson)
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 central job of schools is to maximize the capacity of each student.” (Carol Ann Tomlinson)
"Instead of being havens of independent thought, universities have become channels of indoctrination…confirming the prejudices of those who control the agenda of public discourse. Behind its ivy-colored camouflage, American higher education is a fraud—untrue to its students, untrue to itself." (Ralph Bennett)
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)
We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat. (Winston Churchill)
The word Education comes from the Latin e-ducere meaning "to lead out." In ancient Greece, Socrates argued that education is about drawing out what was already within the student.
No man is an Island. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. (John Donne)
McNamara Fallacy; the tendency to make the measurable important rather then making the important measurable.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. (John W. Gardner)
Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics. (Leighann Lord)
If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job. (Donald D. Quinn)
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. (Malcolm Forbes)
Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. (William Haley)
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. (Victor Hugo)
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. (Edward Everett)
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Attributed to both Andy McIntyre & Derek Bok)
You can get all A's and still flunk life. (Walker Percy)
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. (Bertrand Russell)
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. (Benjamin Franklin)
Still I am learning. -- Michelangelo, on his death bed
"The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar." (Michel de Montaigne)
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. (George Bernard Shaw)
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. (Robert Maynard Hutchins)
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. (Elbert Hubbard)
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. (Henry L. Doherty)
Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating. (Robert Brault)
“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music” (Frank Capra)
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. (Lloyd Alexander)
You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way. (Marvin Minsky)
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. (Chinese Proverb)
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. (Dr. Seuss)
One of the most wonderful things about education is that a single teacher can change a kids life.
Make a Living, Make a Difference and Make things Fun.
"What is desired is that the teacher cease being lecturer, satisfied with transmitting ready made solutions; his (her) role should rather be that of a mentor, stimulating initiative and research." (Jean Piaget)
Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
The earth has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed. (Mahatma Gandhi)
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt, 1910)
The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.”
The surest way to assure the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Bishop Steere)
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once. (Samuel Smiles)
They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority. (Gerald Massey)
"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do." (Norman Juster)
It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. (Aleck Bourne)
Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food. (Jim Rohn)
"Knowledge becomes power only when we put it into use." (Anonymous)
"A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying." (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
"Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months." (Anthony J. D'Angelo)
Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Education has two purposes. The first is to act as a great sorter with which “the best geniuses will be raked from the rubbish annually” to create an “aristocracy of worth and genius.” The second is to improve the minds of all citizens to a certain degree so that they could protect the nation from the “germ of corruption.” (Thomas Jefferson)
Thomas Jefferson and Education (wiki)
Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge
Student Rights (the right to a good education)
1796 "Act to Establish Public Schools"
Educating the People
An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. It should be noted, that when Jefferson speaks of "science," he is often referring to knowledge or learning in general.
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207
"The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526
"The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810. ME 12:417
"The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one of] those which ought to shape its administration." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. ME 3:322
"Though [the people] may acquiesce, they cannot approve what they do not understand." --Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on Apportionment Bill, 1792. ME 3:211
No Freedom Without Education
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
"Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own iberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 1805.
"No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity." --Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1821. ME 19:408
"Freedom [is] the first-born daughter of science." --Thomas Jefferson to Francois D'Ivernois, 1795. ME 9:297
"Light and liberty go together." --Thomas Jefferson to Tench Coxe, 1795.
"Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. Madison Version FE 4:480
Education and Republican Government
"[I have] a conviction that science is important to the preservation of our republican government, and that it is also essential to its protection against foreign power." --Thomas Jefferson to -----, 1821. ME 15:340
"There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1814. ME 14:84
"The value of science to a republican people, the security it gives to liberty by enlightening the minds of its citizens, the protection it affords against foreign power, the virtue it inculcates, the just emulation of the distinction it confers on nations foremost in it; in short, its identification with power, morals, order and happiness (which merits to it premiums of encouragement rather than repressive taxes), are considerations [that should] always [be] present and [bear] with their just weight." --Thomas Jefferson: On the Book Duty, 1821.
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. ME 7:253
"[In a republic, according to Montesquieu in Spirit of the Laws, IV,ch.5,] 'virtue may be defined as the love of the laws and of our country. As such love requires a constant preference of public to private interest, it is the source of all private virtue; for they are nothing more than this very preference itself... Now a government is like everything else: to preserve it we must love it... Everything, therefore, depends on establishing this love in a republic; and to inspire it ought to be the principal business of education; but the surest way of instilling it into children is for parents to set them an example.'" --Thomas Jefferson: copied into his Commonplace Book.
"In the constitution of Spain as proposed by the late Cortes, there was a principle entirely new to me:... that no person born after that day should ever acquire the rights of citizenship until he could read and write. It is impossible sufficiently to estimate the wisdom of this provision. Of all those which have been thought of for securing fidelity in the administration of the government, constant reliance to the principles of the constitution, and progressive amendments with the progressive advances of the human mind or changes in human affairs, it is the most effectual." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816. ME 14:491
"[The] provision [in the new constitution of Spain] which, after a certain epoch, disfranchises every citizen who cannot read and write... is the fruitful germ of the improvement of everything good and the correction of everything imperfect in the present constitution. This will give you an enlightened people and an energetic public opinion which will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130
Government's Responsibility to Educate
"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. (Forrest version) ME 6:392
"It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that, too, of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This is the business of the state to effect, and on a general plan." --Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1786. ME 19:24
Educate Every Citizen
"A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest of all the public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:102
"It is highly interesting to our country, and it is the duty of its functionaries, to provide that every citizen in it should receive an education proportioned to the condition and pursuits of his life." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213
"The mass of our citizens may be divided into two classes -- the laboring and the learned. The laboring will need the first grade of education to qualify them for their pursuits and duties; the learned will need it as a foundation for further acquirements." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213
"By... [selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:206
"Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit to society, to make an opening for the aristocracy of virtue and talent, which nature has wisely provided for the direction of the interests of society and scattered with equal hand through all its conditions, was deemed essential to a well-ordered republic." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. MW 1:54
"I do most anxiously wish to see the highest degrees of education given to the higher degrees of genius and to all degrees of it, so much as may enable them to read and understand what is going on in the world and to keep their part of it going on right; for nothing can keep it right but their own vigilant and distrustful superintendence." --Thomas Jefferson to Mann Page, 1795. ME 9:30
Importance for Personal Development
"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:99
"If the Wise be the happy man... he must be virtuous too; for, without virtue, happiness cannot be. This then is the true scope of all academical emulation." --Thomas Jefferson to Amos J. Cook, 1816. ME 14:405
"The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Knox, 1810. ME 12:360
"The reflections that the boys of this age are to be the men of the next; that they should be prepared to receive the holy charge which we are cherishing to deliver over to them; that in establishing an institution of wisdom for them, we secure it to all our future generations; that in fulfilling this duty, we bring home to our own bosoms the sweet consolation of seeing our sons rising under a luminous tuition, to destinies of high promise; these are considerations which will occur to all." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:314
Training Republican Statesmen
"Nor must we omit to mention among the benefits of education the incalculable advantage of training up able counselors to administer the affairs of our country in all its departments, legislative, executive and judiciary, and to bear their proper share in the councils of our national government: nothing more than education advancing the prosperity, the power, and the happiness of a nation." --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.
"Laws will be wisely formed and honestly administered in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the public happiness that those persons whom nature has endowed with genius and virtue should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens; and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance. But the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating at their own expense those of their children whom nature has fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, it is better that such should be sought for and educated at the common expense of all, than that the happiness of all should be confined to the weak or wicked." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:527
"We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle, to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth... This canker is eating on the vitals of our existence, and if not arrested at once, will be beyond remedy." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:315
"The reward of esteem, respect and gratitude [is] due to those who devote their time and efforts to render the youths of every successive age fit governors for the next." --Thomas Jefferson to Hugh L. White, et al., 1810. ME 12:388
Hope for the Improvement of Mankind
"I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Cornelius Camden Blatchly, 1822. ME 15:399
"If the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, education is to be the chief instrument in effecting it." --Thomas Jefferson to M. A. Jullien, 1818. ME 15:172
"What but education has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbors? And what chains them to their present state of barbarism and wretchedness but a bigoted veneration for the supposed superlative wisdom of their fathers and the preposterous idea that they are to look backward for better things and not forward, longing, as it should seem, to return to the days of eating acorns and roots rather than indulge in the degeneracies of civilization?" --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.
"I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.
The path to Enlightenment is a path constructed of words. Each word that you understand will bring you farther down the path.
Stay centered on this path for there are words on both sides. At the end of the path is a tunnel and at the end of the tunnel is an opening. That opening is a level of Consciousness that can’t be explained but only experienced. You will become aware of the Energy that resides in your being, an energy that you will learn to control. And with this control are possibilities beyond your wildest dreams. But don’t forget that you are still on a path. A path with many doors. And with each door you must choose wisely for these doors are gateways to vast areas that have no words and no markers. So it would be wise if you marked your journey with words. Reason one, so that you may find your way back in case you get lost. Reason two, so that someone else my follow your path or at least know why you have chosen this path to begin with.
There are many paths, but the goal is the same in each. There is always the easy way and a hard way of reaching the goal.
There is the direct route, or the devious route, which leads up highways and byways. The choice is always up to the individual.
You are absolutely free too choose your own path. Therefore seek and follow it and in the end you will reach the goal.
Your self-realization of Me. The divinity within you. (From, The Living Word by Eileen Caddy).
Path of Least Resistance
Spiritual - Ideas - Inspiration - Epiphany
"There was always this one path that intersected every path that I have ever been on in my life, and that path was the path of knowledge."
"Just because someone loses their way doesn't mean that they are lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help, to be shown a better path, a better path then the one we are currently on."
“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” (Aristotle).
"The noblest work in education is to make a reasoning man, and we expect to train a young child by making him reason! This is beginning at the end; this is making an instrument of a result. If children understood how to reason they would not need to be educated.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau Emile).
Each age, like every individual, has it's own characteristic intoxication; we must seek in each decade the joys natural to our years. If play is the effervescence of childhood, and love is the wine of youth, the solace of age is understanding. If you you would be content in age, be wise with Solon and learn something every day. Education is not a task, it is a lifelong happiness, an ennobling intimacy with great people, an unhurried excursion into all realms of loveliness and wisdom. If in youth we fell in love with beauty, in maturity we can make friends with genius. Will Durant.
"Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul." Will Durant.
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Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old education quotes, education sayings, and education proverbs, collected over the years.
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