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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

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

—George Santayana, 1905

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

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

—Allen Ginsberg, 1981

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

All that we know is nothing can be known. 

—Lord Byron, 1812

Rewards and punishment are the lowest form of education.

—Zhuangzi, c. 286 BC

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

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

—Karl Kraus, 1909

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

—Vladimir Lenin, 1923

That which is evil is soon learned. 

—John Ray, 1670

Repetition is the mother of education.

—Jean Paul Richter, 1807

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