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A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

—Herman Melville, 1851

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.

—Laurence Sterne, 1760

If the heavens were all parchment, and the trees of the forest all pens, and every human being were a scribe, it would still be impossible to record all that I have learned from my teachers.

—Jochanan ben Zakkai, c. 75

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

—Alice James, 1889

Knowledge is an ancient error reflecting on its youth. 

—Francis Picabia, 1949

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you. 

—John Updike, 1963

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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

All that we know is nothing can be known. 

—Lord Byron, 1812

Rewards and punishment are the lowest form of education.

—Zhuangzi, c. 286 BC

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

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

—Ezra Pound, 1934

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

—Mark Twain, 1897

The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn Latin. 

—Heinrich Heine, 1827