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35 Thought Provoking Education Quotes

posted by admin on October 20th, 2008

Hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I did putting it together!

  1. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle
  2. Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~Hector Berlioz
  3. An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. ~Niels Bohr
  4. Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. ~Albert Einstein
  5. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~George Bernard Shaw
  6. Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century. ~Perelman
  7. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
  8. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  9. Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. ~Ambrose Bierce
  10. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  11. The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~Carl Rogers
  12. A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear. ~James B. Stockdale
  13. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers
  14. The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. ~Cicero
  15. Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. ~Socrates
  17. Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don’t know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~Sir William Haley
  18. In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. ~Lee Iacocca
  19. The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves. ~Joseph Campbell
  20. Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. ~W. B. Yeats
  21. A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. ~Linnaeus
  22. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~Confucius
  23. The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. ~Amos Bronson Alcott
  24. 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. ~Abraham Lincoln
  25. Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it. — Soren Kierkegaard
  26. The highest result of education is tolerance. — Helen Keller
  27. Nothing is ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. — William Arthur Ward
  29. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. — Gandhi
  30. I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. — Dudley Field Malone
  31. How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. — Henry David Thoreau
  32. Genius without education is like silver in the mine. — Benjamin Franklin
  33. How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. — Alexander Dumas
  34. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. — Abraham Maslow
  35. There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people. — Thomas Jefferson

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