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

—H.G. Wells, 1920

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

—E.M. Forster, 1951

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

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

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

—Heinrich Heine, 1827

I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.

—Leonard Cohen, 1970

Anyone who has a child should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he’ll escape.

—W.H. Auden, 1947

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

All that we know is nothing can be known. 

—Lord Byron, 1812

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

—Mark Twain, 1897

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

—Laurence Sterne, 1760

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

—Allen Ginsberg, 1981