Education quotes and sayings

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
Thucydides

When asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated, Aristotle answered, ‘As much as the living are to the dead.’
Diogenes Laetius

Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively.
R.D. Clyde

All I really need to know … I learned in kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum

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.
Richard Bach

The education of the doctor which goes on after he has his degree is, after all, the most important part of his education.
John Shaw Billings

The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education … (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society.
John Dewey

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
Helen Keller

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.
Flannery O’Conner

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
John Burroughs

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

The most essential part of a student’s instruction is obtained, as I believe, not in the lecture room, but at the beside.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

Only people who die very young learn all they really need to know in kindergarten.
Wendy Kaminer

They say that we are better educated than our parents’ generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. It is not the same thing.
Richard Yates

A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Erich Fromm

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

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

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
Plato

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
Abraham Flexner

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.
Pete Seeger

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer Adler

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

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn’t have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.
David Lodge

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

There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. It is in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for example, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor.
George Bernard Shaw

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

I pay the schoolmaster, but ’tis the schoolboys that educate my son.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man is a fool, you don’t train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous.
Desmond Bagley

Nothing would more effectively further the development of education than for all flogging pedagogues to learn to educate with the head instead of with the hand.
Ellen Key

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana

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

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

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

The schoolteacher is certainly underpaid as a childminder, but ludicrously overpaid as an educator.
John Osborne

Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.
Robin Cook

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
John Dewey

No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
William Shakespeare

It doesn’t make much difference what you study, as long as you don’t like it.
Finley Peter Dunne

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

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.
Tallulah Bankhead

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
Chinese Proverbs

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
Will Rogers

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

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
Niels Bohr

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Nicholas Murray Butler

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
George Santayana

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in.
Will Rogers

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
James A. Garfield

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

You don’t need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with the desire to better themselves.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage

Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced.
Barbara Tuchman

I have learned since to be a better student, and to be ready to say to my fellow students ‘I do not know.’
William Osler

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
Tom Brokaw

I find the three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni and parking for the faculty.
Clark Kerr

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert M. Hutchins