Famous Quotes From Famous People About the Importance of Education

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Many of our most powerful memories have to do with school — that sort of boot camp before adulthood — where we first learned that the greatest achievements and rewards in life come from putting in a day of hard work. It’s the place that helped define us, where we explored our interests and discovered our natural talents. It’s where we met new friends and developed relationships, and perhaps even met our first love.

No matter what your age, head back to school figuratively — or literally — with these quotes from well-known politicians (Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt), coaches (Bear Bryant, Mike Krzyzewski, and Vince Lombardi), poets and writers (Robert Frost, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Victor Hugo, Joseph Joubert, Patrick White, and William Butler Yeats), as well as an educator (A.B. Alcott), a businessman (Henry Ford), and psychiatrists (Carl Jung and B.F. Skinner). Many of these famous people have scholastics awards, scholarships, and schools named after them.

A.B. Alcott: "The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence."

Bear Bryant: "If I miss coaching that much, I could go to some little school where they didn't recruit, where all the kids wanted to go. I believe I could find somewhere to coach."

Edmund Burke: "Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him."

Benjamin Franklin: "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other."

Henry Ford: "You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year."

Robert Frost: "The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything."

Victor Hugo: "He who opens a school door closes a prison."

Joseph Joubert: "Education should be gentle and stern, not cold and lax."

Carl Jung: "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child."

Mike Krzyzewski: "Basketball was not my main sport in grade school or even the first year of high school."

Vince Lombardi: "A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."

Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize."

Theodore Roosevelt: "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."

B.F. Skinner: "Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten."

Patrick White: "I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt."

William Butler Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."