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A great school is very trying; it never can present images of rest and peace.
- Thomas Arnold
Lord, let me make this rule
To think of life as school,
And try my best
To stand each test,
And do my work,
And nothing shirk.
Should someone else outshine
This dullard head of mine,
Should I be sad?
I will be glad.
To do my best
Is Thy behest.
Some day the bell will sound,
Some day my heart will bound,
As with a shout
That school is out
And lessons done,
I homeward run.
- Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Oft in the lone churchyard at night I've seen,
By glimpse of moonshine, chequering through the trees,
The school-boy with his satchel in his hand,
Whistling aloud to bear his courage up;
And lightly tripping o'er the long flat stones,
(With nettles skirted, and with moss o'ergrown,
That tell in homely phrase who lie below;)
Sudden he starts! and hears, or thinks he hears,
The sound of something purring at his heels.
- Hugh Blair
Whipping, that's virtue's governess,
Tutoress of arts and sciences;
That mends the gross mistakes of nature,
And puts new life into dull matter;
That lays foundation for renown,
And all the honours of the gown.
- Samuel Butler (1)
To him and all of us the expressly appointed schoolmaster and schoolings are as nothing.
- Thomas Carlyle
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
- John Ciardi
To sentence a man of true genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a race-horse in a mill.
- Charles Caleb Colton
To every class we have a school assign'd,
Rules for all ranks, and food for every mind:
Yet one there is, that small regard to rule
Or study pays, and still is deem'd a school;
That, where a deaf, poor, patient widow sits,
And awes some thirty infants as she knits;
Infants of humble, busy wives, who pay
Some trifling price for freedom through the day.
At this good matron's hut the children meet,
Who thus becomes the mother of the street.
- George Crabbe
School is not preparation for life, but school is life.
- John Dewey
A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
The modest temple of wisdom.
- Benjamin Franklin
The child learns more of the virtues needed in modern life-of fairness, of justice, of comradeship, of collective interest and action-in a common school than can be taught in the most perfect family circle.
- Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way
With blossom'd furze, unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
The village master taught his little school:
A man severe he was, and stern to view,
I knew him well, and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
The day's disasters in his morning's face;
Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he;
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd;
Yet he was kind, or if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was in fault,
The village all declar'd how much he knew;
'T was certain he could write and cypher too.
Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage;
And e'en the story ran, that he could gauge.
- Oliver Goldsmith
More is learned in a public than in a private school, from emulation. There is the collision of mind with mind, or the radiation of many minds pointing to one center.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Not only the needle-gun, but the schools have won our battles.
What made our revolution a foregone conclusion was the act of the general court, passed in May, 1647, which established the system of common schools.
- James Russell Lowell
When schools flourish, all flourishes.
- Martin Luther
Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.
- Horace Mann
Yet he's gentle, never schooled and yet learned.
- William Shakespeare
Whoe'er excels in what we prize, appears a hero in our eyes.
- William Shenstone
At boarding schools of every description, the relaxation of the junior boys is mischief; and of the senior, vice.
- Mary Wollstonecraft,
A Vindication of the Rights of Women