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Education ought not to cease when we leave school; but if well begun there, will continue through life.
- Sir John Lubbock

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future.
- Plato

Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course--because, like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you.
- Alice Drue Miller

Every successive generation becomes a living memorial of our public schools, and a living example of their excellence.
- Joseph Story

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  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Do not ask if a man has been through college; ask if a college has been through him; if he is a walking university.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagines, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you feel discouraged or simply lazy, as is bound to happen sometimes, remember the millions of people in the world who have not had your privilege. Remember the poor and obscure lives of those countless millions who suffer from every sort of deprivation and frequently find themselves the unwilling victim of wars, and a variety of cruelties, perpetuated by man on man. Is it not significant that the first bid for self realization, among the poor and downtrodden, is to assert their right to education?
- Jehan Sadat

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
- Anatole France

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things -- the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
- Samuel Johnson

Education make a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive, easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
- Lord Brougham

The function of the university is not simply to teach bread winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.
- W. E B. Du Bois

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.
- Newton D. Baker

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- James Madison

The great value of formal education is that it is designed to foreshorten human experience. It endeavors with ease and economy to bring each succeeding generation up to date with respect to the past, and to make it at home in the world. In this sense, it prepares each generation for life.
- Virgil M. Hancher

The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to learn. All education is a continuous dialogue -- questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon. That is the essence of academic freedom.
- William O. Douglas

'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclin'd.

- Alexander Pope

Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, give himself citizenship in the changing world, share's the race's mind and enfranchises his own soul.
- John H. Finley

A college education is not a quantitative body of memorized knowledge salted away in a card file. It is a taste for knowledge, a taste for philosophy, if you will; a capacity to explore, to question to perceive relationships, between fields of knowledge and experience.
- A. Whitney Griswold

Education is the ability to meet life's situations.
- Dr. John G. Hibben


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