Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on Education

Published: Aug 23, 2014 07:03:33 AM IST
Updated: Aug 20, 2014 05:22:11 PM IST
Thoughts on Education
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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
GK Chesterton

I touch the future. I teach.
Christa McAuliffe

If you know your Bible and your Shakespeare and can shoot craps, you have a liberal education.
Tallulah Bankhead

It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.
Murray Rothbard

Teachers are the one and only people who save nations.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Mark Twain

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
Anaïs Nin

Seven years of college, down the drain.
John “Bluto” Blutarsky

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Abraham Lincoln

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
John Adams

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
Maya Angelou

(This story appears in the 05 September, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)