Quotable Quotes on Education

This evening I jazzed up the site a bit by adding a small handful of pithy quotes to the ever-present sidebar of various pages in the archives. In my hunt for pith, I came across many more aphorisms than I could ever hope to use on Pedablogue, so I thought I’d share a few more here, along with links to a few major websites that collect famous sayings on education, pedagogy, and learning:
Good sites:

Some favorites:

  • “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly.” — Arnold Edinborough
  • “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler
  • “Learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking from a stagnant pond.” — Indonesian Proverb
  • “Instead of the difficult task of educating a child, I now undertake the easier task of writing about it.” — Rousseau
  • “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” — Thomas Carruthers
  • “Research is what I do when I don’t know what I’m doing.” — Wernher Von Braun
  • “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” — Doris Lessing
  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle
  • “Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.” — Albert Einstein
  • “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” — Ralph M. Sockman

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Michael Arnzen

Professor of English, Seton Hill University.

2 thoughts on “Quotable Quotes on Education”

  1. Your favorite education quotes are very selective and each quote has a very deep meaning. All quotes are very good but I liked the last quote – The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

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