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Below are 82 sayings on education. Now, education is a work with many meanings. There are many sides to it as well, as shown by the The Dicactic Pentangle (figure).

When different persons say something about "education", is it so sure you have got what they mean by it? The article that follows, tells of central meanings, but there are other meanings too.

What the world education often means

Obviously there is good education to delight in, and bad education, which causes Unlust (listlessness, disinclination to learn). There are high and low education levels. The crucial element is what the learning-outcomes are - that is, how well the central issues are retained so that they can be made use of, and keeping or cultivating the feeling of "liking to learn" too.

Formally, education may mean one or several of theses things, depending on such as the settings. Defintions and understandings are many, including

  • the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behaviour;
  • a body of knowledge acquired while being educated (knowledge, ability, etc. developed through formal schooling - synonyms: learning, knowledge, literacy, schooling);
  • a profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university);
  • imparting knowledge, especially at a school, college, or university;
  • theories of teaching and learning, the practice of teaching;
  • training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade;
  • a stage of formal schooling at an institution of learning," as shown by such as grades.

Granted that 'education' carries these meanings and some others, the heart of education is first a gradual process of getting knowledge. Once such knowledge is got, education also means the knowledge got by learning and instruction, which include training and developing knowledge, skills, mind, character, and so on.

Education is there for allotting formal competence in a field as the result of systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. (2)

Education is also the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned through teaching activities of others, being lined up to didactics (the art of teaching) - schooling, tuition, tutoring, instruction too. (3)

Education may also be self-cultivation, self-education. In such a case, seeds in the mind may seek to blossom and bear fruits. Tending to genuine interests may be good for this sort of education. (4)

In a more specialised sense, education means a study of methods and theories of teaching and learning, There is good study and other forms of it, including farcical ones.

The essence of public education, is the significant learning process of getting pupils or students to assimilate ideas that may be new to them into an existing, salient cognitive content or structure.

Some lanes in the art and craft of teaching are broad, as in public, compulsory schooling, and others may be narrow, as in good home schooling.

Hence, education as the act or process of acquiring knowledge quite systematically during childhood and adolescence and into adult life, involves teachers and learners and various subjects, usually at a school or college. There is adult education, further education, higher education. Each faces its own demands that are rooted in the developmental states (Piaget), and the learning process through life stages. (5)

Many men and women have written on several aspects of how education should be. Among them are Rudolf Steiner. (6)

Mastery signifies becoming proficient in the use of something. Accomplished mastery learning is fit for most persons. In conclusion: Education is had by learning, and much learning is got by retaining material in one's mind. Study skills may help if eagerness ("in the flow") is waning. The art of meditation helps too, as documented by research on ◦Transcendental Meditation, TM. Mastery crowns the efforts - or at least some formal competence that grades and diplomas bring.


[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. [Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider).

A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills (Charles Platt).

All I have learned, I learned from books (Abraham Lincoln).

An unschooled man who knows how to meditate . . . has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate (Charles Stanley).

Be prepared that nature has force enough to topple an education (With Voltaire).

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think (Margaret Mead).

Culture and education aren't simply hobbies or minor influences (Pierre Bourdieu).

Direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each (Plato).

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't (Pete Seeger).

Education forms the common mind / Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined (Alexander Pope, Epistles to Several Persons).

Education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul (Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).

Education, like neurosis, begins at home (Milton R. Sapirstein).

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no good education at all (Cf. Aristotle).

Education . . . That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding [Ambrose Bierce).

Education breeds confidence (Confucius).

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance (Will Durant).

Education is also a provision for old age (With Aristotle).

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know (Daniel J. Boorstin).

Education is no substitute for intelligence (Frank Herbert).

Education is not just for a privileged few . . . It is a fundamental human right (Ban Ki-moon).

Education is not only a ladder of opportunity, but it is also an investment in our future (Ed Markey).

Education should prepare our minds to use its own powers of reason and conception rather than filling it with the accumulated misconceptions of the past (Bryant H. McGill).

For every successful actor or actress, there are countless numbers who don't make it . . . You're rejected for your education, you're rejected for this or that and it's really tough (Liam Neeson).

Good play can be a high form of research (Cf. Albert Einstein]

Having a good educational background . . . allows you to stand out (Ellen Ochoa).

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it (Alexandre Dumas).

I give the children education (Jackie Chan).

I think you learn more if you're laughing at the same time (Mary Ann Shaffer).

I would like to continue working to improve lives for others (Hillary Clinton).

If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets (Maynard James Keenan).

If we want our children to value education, then we must show our appreciation for knowledge (Brad Sherman).

If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught (Oscar Hammerstein II).

Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child (Charles Handy).

It is always in season for old men to learn (Aeschylus).

It is better to learn late than never (Publilius Syrus).

It is clearly absurd to limit the term 'education' to a person's formal schooling. [Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free and Compulsory]

It is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not to read (Ezra Taft Benson).

It's hard to improve public education - that's clear (Bill Gates).

Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils (Leonardo da Vinci).

Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age (Aristotle).

Let the dollars follow the child instead of forcing the child to follow the dollars, so that every child has the opportunity to attain an education (Bobby Jindal).

Much education today is monumentally ineffective (John W. Gardner).

My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligenc.' [Arthur C. Clarke, in The Final Odyssey).

My real education . . . I got out of the public library . . . the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and . . . make the most of it (Isaac Asimov).

Our future depends on the quality of education of our children today (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Our youth deserve the opportunity to complete their high school and college education . . . to grow up in financially and emotionally stable homes (Jane Fonda).

Popular culture bombards us with examples of animals being humanized . . . Walt Disney, for example, made us forget that Mickey is a mouse, and Donald a duck (Frans de Waal

Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental (Sasha Grey).

Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum (Aaron Swartz).

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing–the rest is mere sheep-herding (Ezra Loomis Pound).

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education (Zhuangzi).

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is (Isaac Asimov).

Society . . . shapes education in relation to the ends and interests of those who control the power in that society (Paulo Freire] Some promising people get stranded through lots of mismatch education.

Teachers don't just teach; they can mature and understand themselves (TK).

Television could perform a great service in mass education, but there's no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their minds (Tallulah Bankhead).

The child who likes education may be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced (Cf. John Ruskin).

The country that consistently ranks among the highest in educational achievement is Finland. A rich country, but education is free. Germany, education is free. France, education is free (Noam Chomsky).

The importance of education is ingrained in Scottish history (Nicola Sturgeon).

The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society (Noam Chomsky).

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home (William Temple).

The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated (James A. Baldwin).

The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education (Jean de la Bruyere).

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

The soul takes with her to the next world her education and her culture (Plato, The Republic]

The true purpose of education is to furnish minds above careers (With Chris Hedges] The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset (Liberty Hyde Bailey).

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page (Augustine of Hippo]

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live . . . getting a liberal education as human beings (James Truslow Adams).

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society (Theodore Roosevelt).

To sit next to a man who has spent his life in trying to educate others! What a dreadful experience that is! [Oscar Wilde).

To study and forget is like bearing children and burying them (Talmud).

To transmit wisdom to the unworthy is like throwing pearls before swine (Moses Ibn Ezra).

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought (Bertrand Russell).

We largely ignore the individual needs of our students (Cf. Roy Barnes).

We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down (Neil deGrasse Tyson).

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education (Harold Howe).

When asked "What do we need to learn this for?" any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness (David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day).

When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling (John Taylor Gatto).

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? [Erich Fromm).

Wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge (J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey).

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously (Gilbert K. Chesterton).

You can train through education (Dalai Lama).


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Boyd, William, and Edmund J. King. The History of Western Education. 11th ed. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1975.

Durbin, Deborah. Teach Yourself Home Education. London: Teach Yourself / Hodder Education, 2009.

Gorst, Harold Edward. The Curse of Education. 3rd ed. London: Grant Richards. 1901.

Read, Donald A., and Sidney B. Simon, eds. Humanistic Education Sourcebook. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975.

Steiner, Rudolf. A Modern Art of Education. Great Barrington, MA: Anthroposophic Press, 2004.

Steiner, Rudolf. The Essentials of Education. Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1997.

Steiner, Rudolf. The Roots of Education. Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1997.

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