Education Quotes

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
By: Matthew Doucette

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“...a student completely conditioned to work for a grade rather than for the knowledge the grade was supposed to represent.” - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, (on what the school system creates)

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” - Alexander Pope

“An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question.” - unknown, The first golden rule of mathematics, sometimes attributed to John Tukey

“An idiot repeats his mistakes. A smart man learns from his mistakes. But a genius learns from the mistakes of others.” - unknown

“Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.” - Unknown

“Bad teaching is teaching which presents an endless procession of meaningless signs, words and rules, and fails to arouse the imagination.” - W.W. Sawyer

“bright - Animatedly clever; intelligent.” -

“By the time I got to school, I had already read a couple hundred books. I knew in the first grade that they were lying to me because I had already been exposed to other points of view. School is basically about one point of view -- the one the teacher has or the textbooks have. They don't like the idea of having different points of view, so it was a battle. Of course I would pipe up with my five-year-old voice.” - Alan Kay

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” - Confucius, Chinese Philosopher, 551-479 BC

“clever - Mentally quick and original; bright.” -

“Common sense is that collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” - Albert Einstein

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.” - Unknown

“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” - Albert Einstein

“Do rewards motivate people? Absolutely. They motivate people to get rewards.” - Alfie Kohn

“Doodling is the brooding of the mind.” - Saul Steinberg

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” - Albert Einstein

“Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” - Sir William Haley

“Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” - G. M. Trevelyan

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” - Will Rogers, 1879-1935

“Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

“genius - Extraordinary intellectual and creative power.” -

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” - Benjamin Franklin

“Great minds think for themselves.” - Immanuel Kant

“He appears to have been educated beyond his intelligence.” - unknown

“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” - Unknown

“He who is not aware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge.” - Richard Whatley

“How do you know so much about everything? was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was "By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant."” - John Abbott, American Actor

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” - Douglas Adams, 1952-2001

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.” - Galileo Galilei

“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.” - Albert Einstein

“If the teacher is ignorant, how can the student be expected to be any better?” - Rick Moore

“If there is no place for pleasure in teaching, surely our Teaching has failed us altogether.” - Kenneth Eble, 1988

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” - Albert Einstein

“In school, you are given the lesson first. On the street, you're given the mistake first and then it's up to you to find the lesson, if you ever find it.” - Robert Kiyosaki, Page 153, Rich Dad's Guide To Investing by Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon Lechter

“Information is not knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

“Instead of encouraging the student to devote himself to his studies for the sake of studying, instead of encouraging in him a real love for his subject and for inquiry, he is encouraged to study for the sake of his personal career; he is led to acquire only such knowledge as is serviceable in getting him over the hurdles which he must clear for the sake of his advancement.” - Karl Popper

“intelligence - The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.” -

“It has been said that the primary function of schools is to impart enough facts to make children stop asking questions. Some, with whom the schools do not succeed, become scientists... and I never stopped asking questions.” - Knut Schmidt-Nielsen

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” - Albert Einstein

“It is appallingly obvious that our technology exceeds our humanity.” - Albert Einstein

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” - James Thurber

“It is not best that we all should think alike; it is differences of opinion that make horse races.” - Mark Twain

“It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.” - Albert Einstein

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” - Claude Bernard, 1813-1878, French Physiologist

“It takes lots of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.” - Herold

“It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” - Judy Blume

“I've found that people who are great at something are not so much convinced of their own greatness as mystified at why everyone else seems so incompetent.” - Paul Graham

“knowledge - The state or fact of knowing. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.” -

“Knowledge has never been known to enter the head via an open mouth.” - unknown

“Knowledge is telling the past. Wisdom is predicting the future.” - Tim Garvey

“Knowledge is useless unless you can apply it.” - Unknown

“Life is tough. It's tougher when you're stupid.” - John Wayne

“Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.” - Bertrand Russell

“Math is hard.” - Barbie, 1994

“Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance.” - Oscar Wilde

“Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.” - Napoleon

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Albert Einstein

“Only two things are infinite: the universe, and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the former.” - Albert Einstein

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” - Albert Einstein

“People are just stupid.” - unknown

“People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.” - Brendan Francis

“People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” - Stephen Hawking

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” - Kahlil Gibran

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” - Albert Einstein

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.” - Confucius, 551?-479 BC, Chinese Philosopher

“School destroys creativity and rewards conformity. The perfect student is the perfect slave.” - M.D.

“Schools teach you to imitate. If you don't imitate what the teacher wants you get a bad grade. Here, in college, it was more sophisticated, of course; you were supposed to imitate the teacher in such a way as to convince the teacher you were not imitating, but taking the essence of the instruction and going ahead with it on your own. That got you A's. Originality on the other hand could get you anything -- from A to F. The whole grading system cautioned against it.” - Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, ch. 16, 1974

“Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.” - Albert Einstein

“Smart is believing half of what you hear, brilliant is knowing which half to believe.” - Unknown

“Strange how much you have to know before you know how little you know.” - Unknown

“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin; the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentance is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.” - Lazarus Long

“Take care not to make the intellect our god; it has powerful muscles but no personality.” - Albert Einstein

“Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand.” - Confucius

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” - Albert Einstein

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” - Stephen Hawking

“The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that cannot learn, unlearn, relearn.” - Alvin Toffler, American Author

“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.” - John Locke, 1632-1704, British Philosopher

“The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” - Albert Einstein

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” - Albert Einstein

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” - Albert Einstein

“The philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion, but determined to judge for himself. He should not be a respector of persons, but of things. Truth should be his primary object.” - Michael Faraday

“The secret of a man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.” - William Dean Howells, 1837-1920

“The third rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.The second rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.The first rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” - A.A.Milne

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell

“The truth is all that really matters.” - JD

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” - Bertrand Russell

“There is a great difference between knowledge and intelligence.” - unknown

“There is no excuse for deceiving children. And when, as must happen in conventional families, they find that their parents have lied, they lose confidence in them and feel justified in lying to them.” - Bertrand Russell, Our Sexual Ethics (1936)

“There is no knowledge that is not power.” - Unknown

“Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.” - Lao Tzu, 550 B.C.-?

“To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.” - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” - Confucius, 551-479 B.C.

“To me the worst thing seems to be a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject.” - Albert Einstein

“To see what students learn in school, look at how they leave school. If they leave thinking that reading and writing are difficult and pointless, that mathematics is confusing, that history is irrelevant, and that art is a bore, then that is what they have been taught. People learn what is demonstrated to them, and this reality will not change to suit the convenience of politicians and educations administrators.” - Frank Smith, Insult to Intelligence, 1986, p.ix

“Two methods of going through life are: 1) believing everything you hear or 2) not believing everything you hear. Both require no thinking.” - Unknown

“We underrate our brains and our intelligence. Education has become such a complicated and overregulated activity that learning is regarded as something difficult that the brain would rather not do... But reluctance to learning cannot be attributed to the brain. Learning is one of the brain's primary functions, its constant concern, and we become restless and frustrated if there is no learning to be done. We are all capable of high and unsuspected learning accomplishments without effort.” - Frank Smith, Insult to Intelligence, 1986, p.18

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” - Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939

“What I cannot create, I do not understand.” - Richard P. Feynman

“When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.” - Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” - Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

“When prophets prophesize, they are called idiots. If they are correct, they are called geniuses.” - Sean G.

“Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” - Prov 12:1 NKJV

“wisdom - The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.” -

“Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” - Joseph Joubert

“Beware of the man of one book.” - Thomas Aquinas



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