Quotes On Education

A selection of great quotes about education

By Richard Orr in Study Break / Mon February 4, 2008

“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
Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001)
British Author

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

Aleck Bourne (1886 – 1974)
British Gynecologist and Writer

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.”

Thomas Carruthers (? – 1925)
British Physician

“Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”

John Dewey (1859 - 1952)
John Dewey (1859 – 1952)
American Philosopher, Psychologist, and Educational Reformer

“Education is the transmission of civilization.”

Will and Ariel Durant
Will (1885 – 1981) and Ariel (1898 – 1981) Durant
American and Russian/American Authors

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

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
German/Swiss/American Theoretical Physicist

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

Malcom Forbes
Malcolm Forbes  (1919 – 1990)
American Publisher

“Remember that our nation’s first great leaders were also our first great scholars.”

John F Kennedy
John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)
American President

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

CS Lewis
C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)
British Writer and Academic

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
American President

“Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”

Maria Mitchell
Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889)
American Astronomer

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Spanish Artist

“Ye can lead a man up to the university, but you can’t make him think.”

Finley Peter Dunne
Finley Peter Dunne (1867 – 1936)
American Author

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

Carl Rogers
Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987)
American Psychologist

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”

Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)
Classical Greek Philosopher

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler
Alvin Toffler (b. 1928)
American Writer and Futurist

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”


“A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”