Education Quotes

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 whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

Sydney J. Harris

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Albert Einstein

Education is...One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.

William Lowe Bryan

Education is...[A process] which makes one rogue cleverer than another.

Oscar Wilde

Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.

George Savile

There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get off the thing that he was educated in.

Will Rogers

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: 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

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.

William B. Yeats

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

Herbert Spencer

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

G.M. Trevelyan

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs.

Martin H. Fischer

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

Malcolm S. Forbes

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

Henry David Thoreau

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.


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

Robert Frost

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


The tragedy of education is played in two scenes - incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils.

Martin H. Fischer

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

John Dewey

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.

John Maynard Keynes

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.

George Santayana

Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.

Robin Cook
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