21 thought-provoking quotes about education

Quotes-about-educationYou don’t need to go to college or university but you do need education and, of course, education is a lifelong process. To emphasize my point, today I offer you 21 thought-provoking quotes about education.

Formal education isn’t the only way to learn, because being self-taught can have its advantages too, particularly if you feel you learn better that way. Certainly classroom learning doesn’t suit everyone.

However, though it may be a cliché, learning really is a lifelong process. You must never stop learning new things because life never stops changing.

Think about it; there are things we take for granted today that didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago.

For instance, social media, and its enormous impact on our lives, wasn’t even on the horizon as we entered the new Millennium, just 20 years ago. That’s true for the smartphone too.

Progress never stops and neither must your education.

So here are my 21 thought-provoking quotes about education to help you think a little more about today’s underlying point.

And ladies, if it’s not obvious, any quote here which refers to the male of the species applies equally to you. You knew that I’m sure. However, the problem with many older quotes is that they do tend to refer to ‘He’ but not ‘She’. So let’s hear it for Girl Power!

At least now we live in more enlightened times thanks to education. Education is essential for everyone.

Quotes about education (1-15):

  1. I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ~Robert Frost
  2. You can never be overdressed or overeducated. ~Oscar Wilde
  3. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
  4. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. ~Socrates
  5. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ~Margaret Mead
  6. The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark. ~Thomas Paine
  7. I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. ~Maya Angelou
  8. Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. ~EM Forster
  9. The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differs from the dead. ~Aristotle
  10. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  11. To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  12. Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. ~GK Chesterton
  13. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. ~Henry Ford
  14. Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but 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
  15. Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones. ~Charlotte Bronte

Quotes about education (16-21):

  1. Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. ~Isaac Asimov
  2. Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. ~Albert Einstein
  3. Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. ~Leonardo da Vinci
  4. All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. ~Walter Scott
  5. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. ~Thomas Jefferson
  6. Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself; educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society. ~Doris Lessing

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