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I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool than I am. 

—Alice James, 1889

Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.

—Camille Paglia, 1992

It is a greater advantage to be honestly educated than honorably born.

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

—E.M. Forster, 1951

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing—the rest is mere sheep herding.

—Ezra Pound, 1934

Knowledge is an ancient error reflecting on its youth. 

—Francis Picabia, 1949

What harm is there in getting knowledge and learning, were it from a sot, a pot, a fool, a winter mitten, or an old slipper? 

—François Rabelais, 1533

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

—Frederick Douglass, 1852

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad. 

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1878

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence university education.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

—George Santayana, 1905

My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.

—Allen Ginsberg, 1981

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

—H.G. Wells, 1920