- I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 1735–1826 American Federalist statesman, 2nd President 1797–1801: letter to Abigail Adams, 12 May 1780
- What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
The Spectator no. 215 (6 November 1711) 1672–1719 English poet, dramatist, and essayist:
- Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.
Lean's Collectanea vol. 3 (1903); see Spark: attributed as a Jesuit maxim, in
- We learn an art or craft by doing the things that we shall have to do when we have learnt it.
often quoted as ‘What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing’
bc Greek philosopher: Nicomachean Ethics bk. 2, 1103a 30 384–322
- The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
bc Greek philosopher: Diogenes Laertius Lives of Philosophers bk. 5, sect. 18 384–322
- Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.
Essays (1625) ‘Of Studies’ 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist:
- I read Shakespeare and the Bible and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education. 1903–68 American actress: attributed
- Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine.
Basho. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (1966) introduction 1644–94 Japanese poet: Nobuyuki Yuasa (ed.)
- Ask me my three main priorities for Government, and I tell you: education, education and education. 1953– British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1997—2007: speech at the Labour Party Conference, 1 October 1996
- The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
The Closing of the American Mind (1987) 1930–92 American writer and educator:
- Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. 1778–1868 Scottish lawyer and politician: attributed
- To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.
Memory Hold-the-Door (1940) 1875–1940 Scottish novelist:
- Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
That's a' the learning I desire.
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘Epistle to J. L[aprai]k’ (1786) st. 13
- The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Onwards to Victory (1944) 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: speech at Harvard, 6 September 1943, in
- In education there should be no class distinction.
bc Chinese philosopher: Analects ch. 15, v. 38, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan (K'ung Fu-tzu) 551–479
- Study as if you were to live for ever; live as if you were to die tomorrow.
c.1175–1240 English scholar and churchman: John Crozier St Edmund of Abingdon (1982)
- It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.
Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist (1949) ‘Autobiographical Notes’ 1879–1955 German-born theoretical physicist: Paul Schilpp
- Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Reader's Digest April 1960 1874–1963 American poet: in
- If we are to reach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
Young India 19 November 1921 1869–1948 Indian statesman: in
- Say not, When I have leisure I will study; perchance thou wilt never have leisure.
c.60 bc– c.ad 9 Jewish scholar and teacher: in Talmud Mishnah ‘Pirqei Avot’ 2:5
- The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
Cambridge Essays on Education (1917) 1860–1954 English writer; Dean of St. Paul's, 1911–34: ‘The Training of the Reason’ in A. C. Benson (ed.)
- If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract—teach him to deduct.
Social Studies (1981) 1950– American writer:
- The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.
The Abolition of Man (1943) 1898–1963 English literary scholar:
- If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.
The Pleasures of Life (1887) pt. 1, ch. 10 1834–1913 English biologist and politician:
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 1918–2013 South African statesman: speech, Madison Park High School, Boston, 23 June 1990; reported in various forms
- If you educate a man you educate one person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.
Observer 30 March 1947 Indian church leader: in
- Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. 1922–2015 British statistician: speech to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Swansea, 20 August 1990
- If you want to know the reason why I'm standing here, it's because of education. I never cut class. 1964– American First Lady: to schoolgirls at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, London, 2 April 2009
- For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
c.ad 46–c.120 Greek philosopher and biographer: Moralia sect. 48c ‘On Listening to Lectures’; see Rabelais
- Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
New Scientist 21 May 1964 1904–90 American psychologist: in
- What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
Journal November 1850 1817–62 American writer:
- By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education…Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.
now usually quoted as ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn’
Future Shock (1970) 1928–2016 American writer:
- It [education] has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
English Social History (1942) ch. 18 1876–1962 English historian:
- Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
A Curious Dream (1872) ‘Facts concerning the Recent Resignation’ 1835–1910 American writer:
- The best thing for being sad…is to learn something.
The Sword in the Stone (1938) 1906–64 English novelist:
- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Intentions (1891) ‘The Critic as Artist’ pt. 1 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet:
- One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. 1997– Pakistani education campaigner: speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 12 July 2013