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Quotations about education

Aristotle – Educated vs. Uneducated

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AristotleThe educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Carl Sagan – Education on the value of free speech

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Carl SaganEducation on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen – or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)

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William Penn – The natural genius of children

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William PennThe first thing obvious to children is what is sensible; and that we make no part of their rudiments. We press their memory too soon, and puzzle, strain, and load them with words and rules; to know grammar and rhetoric, and a strange tongue or two, that it is ten to one may never be useful to them; leaving their natural genius to mechanical and physical, or natural knowledge uncultivated and neglected; which would be of exceeding use and pleasure to them through the whole course of their Life.

William Penn   (1644-1718)

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Thomas Sowell – Sign of dumbed-down education

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Thomas SowellOne of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans—anything except reason.

Thomas Sowell   (1930-)

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Calvin Coolidge – Nothing can take the place of persistence

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge  

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