Quotations About
education

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.

Quote from a program at a Coolidge memorial service (1933); cited in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999).
Posted in: Calvin Coolidge

Tami: Tim, you did not write this paper.
Tim: What’s the big deal?
Tami: The big deal is, that it’s part of my job to make sure that you don’t grow up stupid…it’s bad for the world.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated (1894)
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

The steps of one’s progress are distinctly marked. At the end of each lesson he knows he has acquired something, and he also knows what that something is, and likewise that it will stay with him. It is not like studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way, for thirty years; and at last, just as you think you’ve got it, they spring the subjunctive on you, and there you are. No — and I see now, plainly enough, that the great pity about the German language is, that you can’t fall off it and hurt yourself. There is nothing like that feature to make you attend strictly to business. But I also see, by what I have learned of bicycling, that the right and only sure way to learn German is by the bicycling method. That is to say, take a grip on one villainy of it at a time, and learn it — not ease up and shirk to the next, leaving that one half learned.

Taming the Bicycle
Posted in: Mark Twain

I continued to do arithmetic with my father, passing proudly through fractions to decimals. I eventually arrived at the point where so many cows ate so much grass, and tanks filled with water in so many hours I found it quite enthralling.

An Autobiography
Posted in: Agatha Christie

I’d very much like to see Millet reproductions in schools, I think there would be children who became painters if only they saw good things.

Letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889.
Posted in: Vincent van Gogh

Francie: Okay, so I’m in my Operations and Technology Management class, and I realize two things. One, I prepared the wrong chapter.
Sydney: No!
Francie: I don’t want to talk about it. And two, you and I are going to have a Halloween party.

Posted in: Alias

Kepler was a brilliant thinker and a lucid writer, but he was a disaster as a classroom teacher. He mumbled. He digressed. He was at times utterly incomprehensible. He drew only a handful of students his first year at Graz; the next year there were none. He was distracted by an incessant interior clamour of associations and speculations vying for his attention. And one pleasant summer afternoon, deep in the interstices of one of his interminable lectures, he was visited by a revelation that was to alter radically the future of astronomy. Perhaps he stopped in mid-sentence. His inattentive students, longing for the end of the day, took little notice, I suspect, of the historic moment.

Cosmos (1980)
Posted in: Carl Sagan

Prospero:
my library
Was dukedom large enough

Act i, Sc. 2
Posted in: The Tempest

But Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an Englishman’s constitution.

Posted in: Mansfield Park

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

It’s high time you were shown
That you really don’t know
All there is to be known.

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others’ lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process. But whatever the process, the result is wonderful. Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare.

The Story of My Life
Posted in: Helen Keller

Nature has sown in man the seeds of knowledge; but they must be cultivated, to produce fruit.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Finn: It’s nice helping other people’s dreams come true.
Will: It’s called being a teacher.

The Role You Were Born to Play (season 4, episode 5)
Posted in: Glee

Duckie: Good Morning! Welcome to another day of higher education!

Posted in: Pretty in Pink

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.

Phrixus. Frag. 927.
Posted in: Euripides

Jimmy: If I believed in fairy tales I never would have dropped out of kindergarten.

Posted in: NewsRadio

Mind your till, and till your mind.

Salt-Cellars (1885)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Posted in: Aristotle

Manny: Is something wrong? Who’s died?
Gloria: No one, Manny.
Jay: Why would you even think that?
Gloria: In Colombia, Manny went to Pablo Escobar Elementary School. If you were pulled out of class, it was definitely to identify a body.

Run for Your Wife (season 1, episode 6)
Posted in: Modern Family

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 can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance, even on this account alone, to say nothing of the advantages and satisfaction to be derived from all being able to read the Scriptures, and other works both of a religious and moral nature, for themselves.

Address Delivered in Candidacy for the State Legislature. (9 March 1832)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, “with both eyes open.”

As quoted in The Copernican Revolution : Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought (1957) by Thomas S. Kuhn

Faith is a wonderful thing, but doubt gets you an education.

Posted in: Wilson Mizner

Toby: Technically, I am in Human Resources, and Dwight was asking me about human anatomy. I’m just sad the public school system failed him so badly.

Sexual Harassment (season 2, episode 2)

Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

This quote is attributed / unsourced.
Posted in: Mark Twain

When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.

Is Shakespeare Dead? (1909)
Posted in: Mark Twain

Haley: Mom, don’t do it! She’ll be in the same class as I am! Why are you even taking second year math?
Alex: You’re a senior. Why are you still in second year math?
Haley: Not still, again.

Phil on Wire (season 3, episode 3)
Posted in: Modern Family