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

- Alice James, 1889

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

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

- Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

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

- E.M. Forster, 1951

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

- Ezra Pound, 1934

Knowledge is an ancient error reflecting on its youth. 

- Francis Picabia, 1949

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

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

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

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

- George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

- George Santayana, 1905

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

- Allen Ginsberg, 1981

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

- H.G. Wells, 1920