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EDUCATION
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We know that the gifts which men have do not come from the schools. If a man is a plain, literal, factual man, you can make a great deal more of him in his own line by education than without education, just as you can make a great deal more of a potato if you cultivate it than if you do not; but no cultivation in this world will ever make an apple out of a potato.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Man is an animal, formidable both from his passions and his reason; his passions often urging him to great evils, and his reason furnishing means to achieve them. To train this animal, and make him amenable to order; to inure him to a sense of justice and virtue; to withhold him from ill courses by fear, and encourage him in his duty by hopes; in short, to fashion and model him for society, hath been the aim of civil and religious institutions; and, in all times, the endeavor of good and wise men. The aptest method for attaining this end hath been always judged a proper education.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born is Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XXII, v. 3)

Ask me my three priorities for Government, and I tell you: education, education and education.
      - Tony Blair,
        in a speech at the Labour Party Conference

But to go to school in a summer morn,
  Oh, it drives all joy away!
    Under a cruel eye outworn,
      The little ones spend the day--
        In sighing and dismay.
      - William Blake, The Schoolboy (st. 2)

Every educated person is a future enemy.
      - Martin Bormann

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
      - attributed to Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

Let the soldier be abroad if he will, he can do nothing in this age. There is another personage,--a personage less imposing in the eyes of some, perhaps insignificant. The schoolmaster is abroad, and I trust to him, armed with his primer, against the soldier, in full military array.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux),
        in a speech

There have been periods when the country heard with dismay that "the soldier was abroad." That is not the case now. Let the soldier be abroad; in the present age he can do nothing. There is another person abroad--a less important person in the eyes of some, an insignificant person, whose labors have tended to produce this state of things. The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust more to him, armed with his primer, than I do to the soldier in full military array, for upholding and extending the liberties of his country.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education.
      - William Jennings Bryan

Could we know by what strange circumstances a man's genius became prepared for practical success, we should discover that the most serviceable items in his education were never entered in the bills which his father paid for.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Nothing so good as a university education, nor worse than a university without its education.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Education is the cheap defence of nations.
      - Edmund Burke

Restraint of discipline, emulation, examples of virtue and of justice, form the education of the world.
      - Edmund Burke

No woman is educated who is not equal to the successful management of a family.
      - Jacob Burnap

Man forms and educates the world, but woman educates man.
      - Julie Burow

Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers' ends.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. I, mem. I, 1)

Education is only second to nature.
      - Horace Bushnell

The essential difference between a good and a bad education is this, that the former draws on the child to learn by making it sweet to him, the latter drives the child to learn, by making it sour to him if he does not.
      - Charles Buxton

Oh ye, who teach th' Ingenuous youth of nations--
  Holland, France, England, Germany, or Spain--
    I pray ye flog them upon all occasions;
      It mends their morals; never mind the pain.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Any place that anyone can learn something useful from someone with experience is an educational institution.
      - Al Capp

All that a university or final highest school. can do for us is still but what the first school began doing--teach us to read. We learn to read in various languages, in various sciences; we learn the alphabet and letters of all manner of books. But the place where we are to get knowledge, even theoretic knowledge, is the books themselves. It depends on what we read, after all manner of professors have done their best for us. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
      - Thomas Carlyle

I too acknowledge the all-out omnipotence of early culture and nature; hereby we have either a doddered dwarf-bush, or a high-towering, wide-shadowing tree! either a sick yellow cabbage, or an edible luxuriant green one. Of a truth, it is the duty of all men, especially of all philosophers, to note down with accuracy the characteristic circumstances of their education,--what furthered, what hindered, what in any way modified it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy, were it to happen more than twenty times in a minute, as by some computations it does.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence.
      - Thomas Carlyle


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