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Education Quotations - Quotes on Education by Famous People

Here is a collection of Quotations about education. You can read educational quotes by famous writers, philosophers, political leaders, and scientists throughout history.

Famous Quotes on Education

"When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped." - Marcel Achard

" Education is a sexual disease, IT makes you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you have the urge to pass it on." - Terry Pratchett

"Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates..." - Anonymous

"Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation." - Francis Bacon

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a losttradition." - Jacques Barzun

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Hector Louis Berlioz

"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated." - Alec Bourne, A Doctor’s Creed

"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, The Ascent of Man

"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep." - Albert Camus

"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." - Chinese Proverb

"A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students." - John Ciardi

"The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn." - Cicero

"The wit of a graduate student is like champagne. Canadian champagne." - Robertson Davies

"Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning." - Benjamin Disraeli

"The average Ph.D thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another." - Frank J. Dobie, A Texan in England, 1945

"Education is the state-controlled manufacture of echoes." - Norman Douglas

"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it." - Alexandre Dumas fils

"If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others." - Tryon Edwards

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." - Albert Einstein

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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

"You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence." - Robert Frost

"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater." - Gail Godwin

"The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving." - Russell Green

"I have a daughter who goes to SMU. She could’ve gone to UCLA here in California, but it’s one more letter she’d have to remember." - Shecky Greene

"Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening... The average American (should be) content with their humble role in life, because they’re not tempted to think about any other role." - William Torrey Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889

"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." - Aldous Huxley

"Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed." - Robert G. Ingersoll, (seen attributed to "R.S. Ingersoll" - a typo?)

"If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder." - Pope John Paul I

"To teach is to learn twice." - Joseph Joubert

"An understanding heart is everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." - Carl Gustav Jung

"University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small." - Henry Kissinger

"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century." - Bob Perelman

"A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I don’t know and I don’t care." - Richard Pratt, Pacific Computer Weekly, 20 July 1990

"Grad school is the snooze button on the clock-radio of life." - John Rogers, comedian (who holds a graduate degree in physics)

"It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather that the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young." - Bertrand Russell

"It is best to learn as we go, not go as we have learned." - Leslie Jeanne Sahler

"A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education." - George Bernard Shaw

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." - B.F. Skinner

"The philosophy exam was a piece of cake –– which was a bit of a surprise, actually, because I was expecting some questions on a sheet of paper." - Smith & Jones

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates

"Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." - G. M. Trevelyan

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

"If your professor wrote it, it’s as near to the truth as you ever need to get." - John Watson, University of Canterbury

"The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour’s discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantlepiece forever." - Virginia Woolf

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing these inspirational quotes on education. Do you have a collection of quotes on school, quotes on learning and quotes on teachers?

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