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I am a huge fan of quotes, especially if they can open people up to new ideas that they’d otherwise ignore from just another layman. Quotes can come from honest people who are interested in advancing freedom and liberty, or they can come from corrupt people intent on reshaping the world for their preferred forms of tyranny. Today I choose to share with you some of my favorite (unverified) education quotes. Note that in some of these quotes education actually means schooling. Please feel free to share your favorite quotes in the comments section below.


Independent Thought

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

~ William Butler Yeats


An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong.

~ Russell Baker


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

~ Aristotle


No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton


It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

~ Robert Green Ingersoll


Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.

~ John Holt



I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

~ Mark Twain (attributed)


In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

~ Mark Twain


There is no other complex field in our society in which do-it-yourself beats out factory production or market production. Nobody makes his or her own car. But it is still the case that parents can perform the job of educating their children [homeschooling], in many cases better than our present education system.

~ Milton Friedman


The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

~ Albert Einstein


When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

~ Peter Drucker


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

~ G. M. Trevelyan


When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.

~ Albert Shanker, former President of United Federation of Teachers (union)



Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.

~ Ernest Dimnet


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

~ Oscar Wilde


Freedom vs. Tyranny

An educated people can be easily governed.

~ Frederick The Great


Every educated person is a future enemy.

~ Martin Bormann, Prominent Nazi official


You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society, which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.

~ John Dewey, avowed socialist and “father of modern education”


Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently, because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system.

~ Richard Mitchell


Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

~ Edward Everett


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10 Responses to " Education Quotes "

  1. Antonio Buehler says:

    “Mistakes are part of what people do. Unfortunately in schools full of desks, they are forbidden.”
    ~John Holt

  2. Den School says:

    Great quotes! Here’s one:

    Wisdom begins in wonder.
    ~ Socrates

  3. The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
    ~Ralph Washington Sockman

  4. Brian says:

    The quote that you attribute to Albert Shankar is not verified in any form. I’d suggest you correct this page.

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