Feb 04 2007

All the Quotes

Tag: Cyn @ 1:56 am

If things are work­ing prop­er­ly, ran­dom quotes should be show­ing up along the side of each page of the site. This page lists all the quotes in the data­base.

An inva­sion of armies can be resist­ed, but not an idea whose time has come.

— Vic­tor Hugo

We wor­ry about what a child will become tomor­row, yet we for­get that he is some­one today.

— Sta­cia Tausch­er

If you can­not write well, you can­not think well, and if you can­not think well, oth­ers will do your think­ing for you.

— George Orwell

Learn­ing makes a man fit com­pa­ny for him­self.

— Anony­mous

When asked how much edu­cat­ed men were supe­ri­or to those une­d­u­cat­ed, Aris­to­tle answered, ‘As much as the liv­ing are to the dead.’

— Aris­to­tle, Dio­genes

The most excit­ing phrase to hear in sci­ence, the one that her­alds new dis­cov­er­ies, is not ‘Eure­ka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s fun­ny…’

— Isaac Asi­mov

The right to free­dom in the area of intel­lec­tu­al devel­op­ment and per­son­al phi­los­o­phy is ful­ly as impor­tant as free­dom of reli­gion. Thus there should be a sep­a­ra­tion of edu­ca­tion and state just as there is a sep­a­ra­tion of church and state.

— David Berglund

Man’s mind is not a con­tain­er to be filled but rather a fire to be kin­dled.

— Dorothea Brande

Teach­ers open the door, but you must enter by your­self.

— Chi­nese Proverb

Learn­ing is a trea­sure that will fol­low its own­er every­where.

— Chi­nese Proverb

You can’t sep­a­rate cre­ativ­i­ty from risk-tak­ing. I think the best ideas are so whacko and ahead of their time, that everybody’s going to laugh at them. So peo­ple have to feel con­fi­dent enough to just throw it out any­way, and not be hurt if nobody likes if.

— Yvon Chouinard

The object of teach­ing a child is to enable the child to get along with­out the teacher. We need to edu­cate our chil­dren for their future, not our past.

— Arthur C. Clarke

The art of teach­ing is the art of assist­ing dis­cov­ery.

— Mark Van Doren

It is a very grave mis­take to think that the enjoy­ment of see­ing and search­ing can be pro­mot­ed by means of coer­cion and a sense of duty.

— Albert Ein­stein

It is lit­tle short of a mir­a­cle that mod­ern meth­ods of instruc­tion have not already com­plete­ly stran­gled the holy curios­i­ty of inquiry, because what this del­i­cate lit­tle plant needs most, apart from ini­tial stim­u­la­tion, is free­dom; with­out that it is sure­ly destroyed … I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its vora­cious­ness, if one could force it with a whip to eat con­tin­u­ous­ly whether it were hun­gry or not.

— Albert Ein­stein

It is in fact a part of the func­tion of edu­ca­tion to help us escape — not from our own time, for we are bound by that — but from the intel­lec­tu­al and emo­tion­al lim­i­ta­tions of our own time.

— T.S. Eliot

Edu­ca­tion is to mould the human being for ongo­ing change and even for the even­tu­al cri­sis which might arise as a result of the tran­si­tion.

— Miguel Ángel Escotet

Edu­ca­tion: Being able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s know­ing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s know­ing how to use the infor­ma­tion once you get it.

— William Feath­er

Christ didn’t set up the Judea Com­pul­so­ry School Sys­tem. He issued an invi­ta­tion, ‘Fol­low me,’ and some did, and some didn’t. And Christ didn’t send the tru­ant offi­cer after those who didn’t.

— John Tay­lor Gat­to

Depend­ing upon the indi­vid­ual teacher’s polit­i­cal per­spec­tive, schools are, from the right wing, a nec­es­sary way to avoid social chaos and tar­get win­ners, or from the left wing, a way to adjust chil­dren to fit a par­tic­u­lar social hier­ar­chy con­trolled by the upper class­es, and hope­ful­ly a means to con­trol children’s minds to accept a dif­fer­ent, more lib­er­al hier­ar­chy. In either case, when looked at polit­i­cal­ly, schools are a means of behav­ioral, atti­tu­di­nal indoc­tri­na­tion, places in which the devel­op­ment of the mind is only a rhetor­i­cal gen­u­flec­tion.

— John Tay­lor Gat­to

What­ev­er an edu­ca­tion is, it should make you a unique indi­vid­ual, not a con­formist; it should fur­nish you with an orig­i­nal spir­it with which to tack­le the big chal­lenges, it should allow you to find val­ues which will be your road map through life; it should make you spir­i­tu­al­ly rich, a per­son who loves what­ev­er you are doing, wher­ev­er you are, whomev­er you are with; it should teach you what is impor­tant, how to live and how to die.

— John Tay­lor Gat­to

After you fall into a habit of accept­ing what oth­er peo­ple tell you to think you lose the pow­er to think for your­self. I sus­pect that’s why so few of us chal­lenge the premis­es of old-age homes, tele­vi­sion, day-care cen­ters and schools.

— John Tay­lor Gat­to

…the best learn­ing hap­pens in real life with real prob­lems and real peo­ple and not in class­rooms.

— Charles Handy

The pri­ma­ry pur­pose of a lib­er­al edu­ca­tion is to make one’s mind a pleas­ant place in which to spend one’s time.

— Syd­ney J. Har­ris

The poor thinker dash­es mad­ly after an answer; the good thinker takes his time & looks at the problem…The good thinker can take his time because he can tol­er­ate uncer­tain­ty, he can stand not know­ing. The poor thinker can’t stand not know­ing; it dri­ves him crazy.

— John Holt

What is most impor­tant and valu­able about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a bet­ter school than the schools, but that it isn’t a school at all.

— John Holt

Lead­ers are not, as we are often led to think, peo­ple who go along with huge crowds fol­low­ing them. Lead­ers are peo­ple who go their own way with­out car­ing, or even look­ing to see, whether any­one is fol­low­ing them. ‘Lead­er­ship qual­i­ties’ are not the qual­i­ties that enable peo­ple to attract fol­low­ers, but those that enable them to do with­out them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flex­i­bil­i­ty, resource­ful­ness, stub­born­ness, a keen sense of real­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going bad­ly. True lead­ers, in short, do not make peo­ple into fol­low­ers, but into oth­er lead­ers.

— John Holt

Edu­ca­tion’ is some­thing that some peo­ple do to oth­ers for their own good, try­ing to make them learn what they think they ought to know, can­not be reformed or car­ried out wise­ly or humane­ly, because its pur­pose is nei­ther wise nor humane. A most fun­da­men­tal human right is the right to decide for our­selves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and oth­er per­sons’ expe­ri­ences, and find and make the mean­ing of our own lives. Who­ev­er takes that right away from us attacks the very cen­ter of our being and does us a most pro­found and last­ing injury. Edu­ca­tion, with its sup­port­ing sys­tems of com­pul­so­ry and com­pet­i­tive school­ing, all its car­rots and sticks, grades, diplo­mas and cre­den­tials, now seems to me per­haps the most author­i­tar­i­an and dan­ger­ous of all the social inven­tions of mankind.

— John Holt

The most we will be able to do will be to find ways to help some chil­dren escape edu­ca­tion and school­ing and to help some oth­ers, who can­not escape, to be less dam­aged by it than they are now. You can­not have human lib­er­ty, and the sense of all per­sons’ unique­ness, dig­ni­ty, and worth on which it must rest, if you give to some peo­ple the right to say offi­cial­ly and ‘objec­tive­ly’ that some peo­ple are more able and wor­thy than oth­ers.

— John Holt

A school should not be a prepa­ra­tion for life; A school should be life.

— Elbert Hub­bard