A couple days ago, I gave you a list of my absolute favorite quotes in the areas of parenting and education. To me, parenting and education naturally go hand in hand. One begets the other. But I digress.
Here are the next 25 on my list of fabulous quotes. I hope you might be inspired by one or two or more of ’em.
26. Education is Man’s going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty. ~ Kenneth G. Johnson
27. Education is [A process] which makes one rogue cleverer than another. ~ Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) British poet and dramatist.
28. Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the ignorant by the incompetent. ~ Josiah Stamp
29. Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned. ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer.
30. Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught. ~ George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English statesman and author.
31. Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. ~ Will Durant (1885-1981) U.S. author and historian.
32. The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught. ~ Henry Brooks Adams (1828-1918) U.S. historian and writer: The Education of Henry Adams.
33. Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality. ~ Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist, dramatist.
34. Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~ G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962) British historian.
35. They say that we are better educated than our parents’ generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. They are not the same thing. ~ Douglas Yates
36. Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician and writer.
37. It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not. ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955) U.S. physicist.
38. The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American author, editor and printer.
39. I’m sure the reason such young nitwits are produced in our schools is because they have no contact with anything of any use in everyday life. ~ Petronius (d. circa 66 AD) The Satyricon.
40. True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius. ~ Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945) American educator.
41. He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on. ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, author, scientist, inventor and philosopher.
42. A college degree does not lessen the length of your ears; it only conceals it. ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American author, editor and printer.
43. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Sound familiar?) ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer.
44. 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 (1917-1986) American journalist.
45. Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire. ~ William B. Yeats, poet
46. You can lade a man up to th’ university, but ye can’t make him think. ~ Finley Peter Dunne
47. 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
48. An educated man is one who can entertain a new idea, entertain another person, and entertain himself. ~ Sydney Wood
…And, for all us homeschool moms who never learned all the classical composers and great artists and a gazillion other things, but knew enough to instill a love of them in our children, there’s this one:
49. Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.
50. You are what you teach, and you teach what you are. ~ Joanne Calderwood
About the Author
Joanne Calderwood has been called America’s Homeschool Mom. She is an underwhelmed Mom of eight great kids, owner of URtheMOM.com, and an author and columnist. Her new book, The Self-Propelled Advantage: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Independent, Motivated Kids Who Learn with Excellence, enables parents to teach their kids to teach themselves with excellence.