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

—Mark Twain, 1897

Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.

—William Hazlitt, 1821

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

—Herman Melville, 1851

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

—Joseph Stalin, 1934

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

—E.M. Forster, 1951

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

—Heinrich Heine, 1827

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

—Vladimir Lenin, 1923

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

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

—Ezra Pound, 1934

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

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

—George Santayana, 1905

All that we know is nothing can be known. 

—Lord Byron, 1812

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

—H.G. Wells, 1920