Quotations: Education

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., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

The formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.
— William J. Bennett, author and former U.S. Secretary of Education (b. 1943)

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
— Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and president (1858-1919)

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch, Greek biographer, philosopher and priest of Apollo (45-125 A.D.)

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.
— Plato, Greek philosopher (c. 428-c. 348)

Children need models rather than critics.
— Joseph Joubert, French essayist (1752-1824)

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
— Unknown

It takes a long time to grow young.
— Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (1881-1973)

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
— Gertrude Stein, American writer (1874-1946)

It takes a whole village to raise a child.
— Ashanti proverb

Educate the heart. Let us have good men.
— Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805-1873)

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
— Omar N. Bradley, American general (1893-1981)

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
— Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-American anarchist writer, lecturer and activist (1869-1940)

Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.
— John Dewey, American philosopher and education reformer (1859-1952)

The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.
— Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), Chinese sage (551-479 B.C.)

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
— G.K. Chesterton, English essayist and poet (1874-1936)

Most of ones life. . . is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
— Aldous Huxley, English novelist (1894-1963)

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
— Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)

In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
— Warren Buffet, American financier (b. 1930)

To perceive is to suffer.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

Zeal will do more than knowledge.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
— Calvin Coolidge, 30th American president (1872-1933)

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.
— Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.

The highest result of education is tolerance.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to the subtlety of intellect.
— John Morley, British statesman and writer (1838-1923)

All receive advice. Only the wise profit from it.
— Publilius Syrus, Roman epigrammatist (fl. 42 B.C.)

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
— Cato the Elder, Roman censor (234-149 B.C.)

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Hamilton Wright Mabee