Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom

Learning for Life:

Educational Words of Wisdom

By Teri Ann Berg Olsen


This is just a random sampling of great quotes that are contained in
Learning for Life. The 420-page book contains thousands more!

The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth. ~Desiderius Erasmus

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. ~John Adams

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. ~Abraham Lincoln

Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars. ~John F. Kennedy

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~Epictetus

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. ~G.K. Chesterton

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience. ~Anne Sullivan

Behind almost every great man there stands either a good parent or a good teacher. ~Gilbert Highet

If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow. ~John Lubbock

The sign of a great teacher is that the accomplishments of his students exceed his own. ~Aristotle

The spontaneous wish to learn, which every normal child possesses, as shown in its efforts to walk and talk, should be the driving force in education. ~Bertrand Russell

When a baby is picked up, spoken to, and loved, he is starting his education as God planned it. For all our lives we are human beings, in an active state of learning, responding, understanding. Education extends to all of life. In fact, an educational system that says, one bright summer's day in the dawn of my youth, "There. Now you are educated. This piece of paper says so," is doing me a gross disfavor. The truly educated person has only had many doors of interest opened. He knows that life will not be long enough to follow everything through fully. ~Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education. ~Smiley Blanton

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; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom….It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. ~Albert Einstein

What is the hardest task in the world? To think. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I once went all day without food and all night without sleep to enable me to think. I found no advantage in it; it's best to study. ~Confucius

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. ~A. Bronson Alcott

When I transfer my knowledge, I teach. When I transfer my beliefs, I indoctrinate. ~Arthur Danto

Educate men without religion and you make them but clever devils. ~Arthur Wellesley

The public school has become the established church of secular society. ~Ivan Illich

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let our teaching be full of ideas. Hitherto it has been stuffed full of facts. ~Anatole France

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. ~Henry Adams

My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself. ~George Bernard Shaw

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it within himself. ~Galileo Galilei

I'm not a teacher, but an awakener. ~Robert Frost

Although I do not, with some enthusiasts, believe that the human condition will ever advance to such a state of perfection as that there shall no longer be pain or vice in the world, yet I believe it susceptible of much improvement, and most of all in matters of government and religion; and that the diffusion of knowledge among the people is to be the instrument by which it is to be effected. ~Thomas Jefferson

By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. ~Albert Einstein

I am convinced that it is of primordial importance to learn more every year than the year before. After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn. ~Peter Ustinov

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~Alvin Toffler

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