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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

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

—Joseph Stalin, 1934

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

Repetition is the mother of education.

—Jean Paul Richter, 1807

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

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

Knowledge is an ancient error reflecting on its youth. 

—Francis Picabia, 1949

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

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

A school without grades must have been concocted by someone who was drunk on nonalcoholic wine.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

—Herman Melville, 1851