Education Quotes

“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” W.B. Yeats

“Is education filling a bucket or lighting a fire? It’s neither. Children are born with the fire. It’s our job not to put it out.” Pat Faranga

“It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” Albert Einstein

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.” Albert Einstein

“I never let schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain

“I believe in teaching, but I don’t believe in going to school.” Robert Frost

“Over-teaching interferes with learning.” John Taylor Gatto

“Curriculum is only the Latin word for a racecourse.” (ibid.)

“The contemplation of heaven and earth is the very school of God’s children.” John Calvin, Institutes

“Is not the great defect of our education today… that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.” Dorothy Sayers

“The sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.” Dorothy Sayers

“He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn’t know.” Georg Simmel

“A child has not begun his education until he has acquired the habit of reading to himself, with interest and pleasure, books fully on a level with his intelligence… Once the habit… is set up in a child, his education is not completed, but ensured.” Charlotte Mason, Home Education

“A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink of it deeply, or taste it not, for shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking deeply sobers us again.” Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

“What a droll idea… to give credits not for what you know but for hours spent in a classroom! Rather like judging the condition of an animal not by its weight or shape but by the amount of food that had been offered it!” C.S. Lewis

“Could I climb the highest place in Athens, I would lift up my voice and proclaim, ‘Fellow citizens, why do you burn and scrape every stone to gather wealth, and take so little care of your children to whom you must one day relinquish all?” Socrates, 390 B.C.

“Parents should make up their minds what kind of children they want, and what sacrifices they are willing to make.” Dr Raymond Moore

“Children are the only treasures on earth we can take with us to heaven.” The Amish in Their Own Words

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” Henry Ward Beecher

“A good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.” George Herbert

“He [Jesus] graciously encouraged them, lovingly corrected them, and patiently instructed them. That is how the best learning always occurs. It isn’t just information passed on; it’s one life invested in another.” John Macarthur

“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed, to consider well the maine end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternall life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” Harvard Vision Statement 1643

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Bible reading is an education in itself.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“I am much afraid that the schools will prove to be the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount.” Martin Luther

“When I first went to Oxford the typical undergraduate society consisted of a dozen men, who knew one another intimately, hearing a paper by one of their own number in a small sitting-room and hammering out their problem till one or two in the morning. Before the war the typical undergraduate society had come to be a mixed audience of one or two hundred students assembled in a public hall to hear a lecture from a visiting celebrity. Even on those rare occasions when a modern undergraduate is not attending some such society he is seldom engaged in those solitary walks, or walks with a single companion, which built the minds of the previous generations… And even when the planners fail and someone is left physically by himself, the wireless has seen to it that he will be… never less alone than when alone. We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” C.S. Lewis, Fern-Seed and Elephants

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“…the difference between the old and the new education will be an important one. Where the old initiated, the new merely ‘conditions’. The old dealt with its pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly; the new deals with them more as the poultry-keeper deals with young birds – making them thus or thus for purposes of which the bird knows nothing. In a word, the old was a kind of propagation – men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda… [producing] Men without chests… Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary: it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so… We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful… Man’s final conquest has proved to be the abolition of Man.” Ibid.

“I suppose there is no point lamenting that one must spend his college years learning the obvious – that there is Truth, that there is objective being and objective value. Like a fish going to school to learn that there is water… But it seems that, for the last two hundred years or so, this has been the main point of a good education. And its opposite is the essence of a bad education.” John Piper

“Like the trampling of an army is the force of an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

“A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue – he is devoted to God Himself.”. Oswald Chambers

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