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On the Topic of Education

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

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

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. Bill Beattie

School takes 13 years, because that is how long it takes to break a child's spirit. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. Beatrix Potter

I never let schooling get in the way of my education. Mark Twain

What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all. John Holt

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. Ben Sweetland

Better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

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

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers. Socrates

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. Albert Einstein

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ingnorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts." Henry Adams

Better build schoolrooms for "the boy,"Than cells and gibbets for "the Man." Eliza Cook

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Tennyson

To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it, requires brains. Mary Pettibone Poole

Wisdom is not finally tested by the schools,
Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it,
Wisdom is of the sould, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof." Walt Whitman

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