- Education is the cheap defence of nations.
- Attributed to Edmund Burke.—Charles Noël Douglas, comp., Forty Thousand Quotations, p. 573 (1921). Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
- Benjamin Disraeli, speech, House of Commons, June 15, 1874.—Parliamentary Debates (Commons), 3d series, vol. 219, col. 1618 (1874).
- An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get.
- Attributed to William Feather, reported in August Kerber, Quotable Quotes on Education, p. 17 (1968). Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- By educating the young generation along the right lines, the People's State will have to see to it that a generation of mankind is formed which will be adequate to this supreme combat that will decide the destinies of the world.
- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, trans. James Murphy, p. 357 (1939).
- The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.
- Attributed to Sam Houston by the University of Texas. This quotation appears on the verso of the title-page of all University of Texas publications. Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to P. S. du Pont de Nemours, April 24, 1816.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 25 (1899).
This sentence is one of many quotations inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol.
- I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, September 28, 1820.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 161 (1899).
- If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 4 (1899).
- Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake—but for the nation's sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparedness—for armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economy—for we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government—for freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson, special message to the Congress, "Toward Full Educational Opportunity," January 12, 1965. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965, book 1, p. 26.
- I ask that you offer to the political arena, and to the critical problems of our society which are decided therein, the benefit of the talents which society has helped to develop in you. I ask you to decide, as Goethe put it, whether you will be an anvil—or a hammer. The question is whether you are to be a hammer—whether you are to give to the world in which you were reared and educated the broadest possible benefits of that education.
- John F. Kennedy, commencement address, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, June 8, 1958.—Transcript, p. 2.
The Home Book of Quotations, ed. Burton Stevenson, 9th ed., p. 84, no. 8 (1964) gives the quotation from Goethe as follows: "Thou must (in commanding and winning, or serving and losing, suffering or triumphing) be either anvil or hammer," citing his play, Der Gross-Cophta, act II, though it has not been found there.
- If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung, Kuan-tzu (Book of Master Kuan).—Kuan tzu chi p'ing, ed. Ling Juheng, vol. 1, p. 12 (1970). Title romanized.
- Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.
- James Madison, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.—The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 105 (1910).
These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
- What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?
- James Madison, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.—The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 108 (1910).
These words are inscribed to the right of the main entrance of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
- Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men,—the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
- Horace Mann, twelfth annual report to the Massachusetts State Board of Education, 1848.—Life and Works of Horace Mann, ed. Mrs. Mary Mann, vol. 3, p. 669 (1868).
- I also desire to encourage and foster an appreciation of the advantages which I implicitly believe will result from the union of the English-speaking peoples throughout the world and to encourage in the students from the United States of North America[,] who will benefit from the American Scholarships to be established for the reason above given at the University of Oxford under this my Will[,] an attachment to the country from which they have sprung but without I hope withdrawing them or their sympathies from the land of their adoption or birth.
- Cecil J. Rhodes, The Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes, ed. W. T. Stead, p. 24–29 (1902). The will was dated July 1, 1899.
- To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
- Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.—August Kerber, Quotable Quotes of Education, p. 138 (1968). Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- Education has for its object the formation of character. To curb restive propensities, to awaken dormant sentiments, to strengthen the perceptions, and cultivate the tastes, to encourage this feeling and repress that, so as finally to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature—this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
- Herbert Spencer, Social Statics, part 2, chapter 17, p. 180 (1851).
- These ceremonies and the National Statuary Hall will teach the youth of the land in succeeding generations as they come and go that the chief end of human effort in a sublunary view should be usefulness to mankind, and that all true fame which should be perpetuated by public pictures, statues, and monuments, is to be acquired only by noble deeds and high achievements and the establishment of a character founded upon the principles of truth, uprightness, and inflexible integrity.
- Alexander H. Stephens, remarks in the House, February 15, 1881, upon Vermont's presentation of a statue of Jacob Collamer to Statuary Hall.—Congressional Record, vol. 11, p. 1611.
- "Via ovicipitum dura est," or, for the benefit of the engineers among you: "The way of the egghead is hard."
- Adlai Stevenson, lecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 17, 1954.—Stevenson, Call to Greatness, p. xi (1954).
- In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
- Thorstein Veblen, The Higher Learning in America, p. 211 (1918).
- In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed. Not all your heroism, not all your social charm, not all your wit, not all your victories on land or at sea, can move back the finger of fate. To-day we maintain ourselves. To-morrow science will have moved forward yet one more step, and there will be no appeal from the judgment which will then be pronounced on the uneducated.
- Alfred North Whitehead, "The Aims of Education—a Plea for Reform," The Organisation of Thought, chapter 1, p. 28 (1917, reprinted 1974).