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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

Rewards and punishment are the lowest form of education.

—Zhuangzi, c. 286 BC

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

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

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

—Vladimir Lenin, 1923

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

—E.M. Forster, 1951

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

—Mark Twain, 1897

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

—Herman Melville, 1851

That which is evil is soon learned. 

—John Ray, 1670

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

The period of a [Persian] boy’s education is between the ages of five and twenty, and he is taught three things only: to ride, to use the bow, and to speak the truth.

—Herodotus, c. 440 BC

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

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

—H.G. Wells, 1920