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Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevist forever.

—Vladimir Lenin, 1923

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

—George Santayana, 1905

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

All that we know is nothing can be known. 

—Lord Byron, 1812

Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

—Joseph Stalin, 1934

That which is evil is soon learned. 

—John Ray, 1670

The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object.

—Hannah Arendt, 1972

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

Repetition is the mother of education.

—Jean Paul Richter, 1807

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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

Knowledge is an ancient error reflecting on its youth. 

—Francis Picabia, 1949

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

—H.G. Wells, 1920

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