What Education is (or should be)

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
John Lubbock

Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.
Mark Twain

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objectives: Education for living and educating for making a living.
James Mason Wood

Education is a succession of eye-openers each involving the repudiation of some previously held belief.
George Bernard Shaw

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing - the rest is mere sheep-herding.
Ezra Loomis Pound

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius.
Felix E. Schelling

The only real education comes from what goes counter to you.
Andre Gide

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
Wilson Mizner

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
Allan Bloom

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Joseph Addison

Education is the art of making man ethical.
Georg Hegel

Education, we see, is not merely gaining knowledge or skills helpful toward productive work, though certainly that is a part of it. Rather it is a replenishment and an expansion of the natural thirst of the mind and soul. Learning is a gradual process of growth, each step building upon the other. It is a process whereby the learner organizes and integrates not only facts but attitudes and values. The Lord has told us that we must open our minds and our hearts to learn. There is a Chinese proverb: Wisdom is as the moon rises, perceptible not in progress but in result. As our knowledge is converted to wisdom, the door to opportunity is unlocked.
Barbara W. Winder

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
Thomas Henry Huxley

Education should be related to an intercultural and interdependent world. A world in which education teaches man to foster sharing attitudes, to compete with oneself and no with others, leaning to be tolerant, and to develop pity and solidarity for the suffering of mankind. A world free from prejudices, where learning to care, learning to be, learning to share, learning to grasp the hole and act on the parts, and learning to carry on learning should be society's main objectives.
Miguel Ángel Escotet

The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.
Herbert Spencer

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is being educated.
Edith Hamilton

We will need to recognize that the so-called basic skills, which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in [only] one-quarter of the present school day. When this happens - and it's near - the teacher can rise to his true calling. More than a dispenser of information, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher. We will be agents of change.
Catherine Barrett

The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.
Max Beerbohm

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.
Sir William Haley

Education should turn out the pupil with something he knows well and something he can do well.
Alfred North Whitehead

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he was born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
John Ruskin

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
Elbert Hubbard

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done -- men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.
Jean Piaget

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think.
James Beattie

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.
Wendell Phillips

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

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities--that's training or instruction--but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed... To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life...One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.
Thomas Moore

Education is not received. It is achieved.
Author Unknown

A wise man is one who finally realizes that there are some questions one can ask which may have no answers.
Anon

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.
Robert M. Hutchins

Education is the fire-proofer of emotions.
Frank Crane

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.
Brigham Young

Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.
Francis Keppel

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

In schools the principles of morality should be intermingled with the principles of science
Horace Mann

Education: Being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information once you get it.
William Feather

An educated man is one who can entertain a new idea, entertain another person and entertain himself.
Sydney Wood

Learning makes a man fit company for himself.
Anon

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's time.
Sydney J. Harris

The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.
Laurence Lee

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self- confidence.
Robert Frost

He is to be educated because he is a man, and not because he is to make shoes, nails, and pins.
William Ellery Channing

Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

The result of the educative process is capacity for further education.
John Dewey

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
Carl Rogers

A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.
John Lubbock

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 a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.
Lillian Smith

Education is a social process ... Education is growth.... Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
William B. Yeats

The first idea that the child must acquire in order to be actively disciplined is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
Marķa Montessori

Do not judge my intelligence by the answers I give, but instead by the questions I ask.
Mark McGranaghan

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 know and what you don't.
Anatole France

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

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
Carl Rogers

A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.
James B. Stockdale

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner

The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
Jacques Barzun

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison

Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
Robert Frost

Education is a form of self-delusion.
Elbert Hubbard

The whole object of education is...to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.
Sherwood Anderson

The purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place to spend one's
leisure.

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller

It is not a mind, it is not a body that we educate, but it is a man, and we must not make two parts of him.
Michel de Montaigne

Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature, under which name I include not merely things and their forces, but men and their ways; and the fashioning of the affections and of the will into an earnest and loving desire to move in harmony with those laws.
T.H. Huxley

Education is to mould the human being for ongoing change and even for the eventual crisis which might arise as a result of the transition.
Miguel Ángel Escotet

The entire object of true education is to make people not merely to do the right things, but to enjoy them; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge; not merely pure, but to love purity; not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.
John Ruskin

Education, considered as a process of forming our mental habits and our outlook on the world, is to be judged successful in proportion as its outcome approximates to this ideal; in proportion, that is to say, as it gives us a true view of our place in society, of the relation of the whole human society to its non-human environment, and of the nature of the non-human world as it is in itself apart from our own desires and interests
Bertrand Russell

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

A school should not be a preparation for life; A school should be life.
Elbert Hubbard

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
Sidney J. Harris

Education has for its object to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature--this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
Herbert Spencer

It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape --not from our own time, for we are bound by that-- but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our own time.
T.S. Eliot

Education is a social process...Education is growth...Education is, not a preparation for life; Education is life itself.
John Dewey

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

The education of a man is never completed until he dies.
Robert E. Lee

It's not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted.
Linda Conway

The knowledge of truth, combined with the proper regard for it and it's faithful observance, constitutes true education.
Joseph F. Smith

The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
Bishop Creighton

The truly educated man is that rare individual who can separate reality from illusion.
Unknown

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.
Hosea Ballou

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.
Steve Jobs

How can we help students to understand that the tragedy of life is not death; the tragedy is to die with commitments undefined and convictions undeclared and service unfulfilled?
Vachel Lindsay

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.
Helen Keller

Education is man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.
Kenneth G. Johnson

A mind stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The entire object of TRUE EDUCATION is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy them; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge; not merely pure, but to love purity; not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.
John Ruskin

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

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 know and what you don't.
Anatole France Thibault

Education is a controlling grace to the young, consolation to the old, wealth to the poor, and ornament to the rich.
Aristotle

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
J. Bronowski

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 know and what you don't.
Malcolm S. Forbes

Education is not something which the teacher does ... it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
Maria Montessori

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.
Wendell Phillips

There are two types of education... One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.
John Adams

Education is not a form of entertainment, but a means of empowering people to take control of their lives.
Unknown

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

To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how, ah, THAT is to have been educated in the knowledge of simplicity.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
William Ralph Inge

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcom S. Forbes

Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
William Allin

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn

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

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
John Ruskin

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Isaac Asimov


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