Saturday Quotathon: Education

>> Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Saturday again and I let my blog go all week, even on days I exercised - I've done that a few times, now. Must get back into the habit. Let's see, what can I find in my bag of quotes today?

First quote I came upon is education. OK, we'll go that route.

Education’s purpose is to replace and empty mind with an open one.
-Malcolm S. Forbes

The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
-Robert Anton Wilson

All the great economic ills the world has faced this century can be directly traced back to the London School of Economics.
- NM Perrera

Sociology is the study of people who do not need to be studied by people who do.
- ES Turner

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

It's great to be with Bill Buckley because you don't have to think. He takes a position and you automatically take the opposite and you know you are right.
- J.K.Galbraith

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
- Abraham Lincoln

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
- Groucho Marx

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think that university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
- Flannery O'Connor

If all the young ladies who attended the Yale promenade dance were laid end to end, no one would be the least surprised.
-Dorothy Parker

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
-- Aldous Huxley

Man masters nature not by force, but by understanding.
- Jacob Bronowski, 1908 – 1974

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895 - 1983

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
--Christopher Morley

There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.
-- Rebecca West

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
-- Lady Bird Johnson

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle.
-- George Lucas

In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.
-- Ann Faraday

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - that myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts - that hope always triumphs over experience - that laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
--Catherine de Hueck

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.
- Wendell Phillips, 1811 - 1884

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
--Helen Keller, 1880 – 1968

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
--Henry David Thoreau

Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.
-Robert Heinlein “Time Enough for Love”

There's no way to know for sure without finding out what a "kg" is, and my belief, as an American, is that if I have to start understanding the metric system, then the terrorists have won.
-Dave Barry

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

There were 183 of us freshmen, and a bowling ball hanging from the three-story ceiling to just above the floor. Feynman walked in and, without a word, grabbed the ball and backed against the wall with the ball touching his nose. He let go, and the ball swung slowly 60 feet across the room and back — stopping naturally just short of crushing his face. Then he took the ball again, stepped forward, and said: "I wanted to show you that I believe in what I'm going to teach you over the next two years."
-Michael Scott, first CEO of Apple Computers

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

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

Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they're allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean.
-Terry Pratchett

Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don't make sense.
- John Leonard.

History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, "Can't you remember anything I told you?" and lets fly with a club.
- John W. Campbell

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated.
- Edith Hamilton

The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.
- Jean Piaget

After bread, education is the first need of the people.
- Georges Danton

There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton

And there you go.


  • Roy

    Nice collection! I love the Bucky Fuller quote; it reminds me of Douglas Adams' mice and dolphins in Hitchhiker.... As for the Dave Barry quote, he's joking, but I really do know people who think that way. And the Terry Pratchett quote reminds me of this one from Garrison Keillor: "Great things have been achieved by naive and poorly informed people - parenthood, for one thing."

  • The Mother

    Lovely, as usual. I wonder who Abe Lincoln was talking about?

    Someone asked PZ Meyers after a lecture what he thought should be done about science education. His answer--we should be teaching critical thinking skills, instead. Something that I think a lot of these quotes hint at, if they don't actually say it.

  • Jeff King

    Glad to have you posting again... nice list of Quotes

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