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The best and most important part of every man's education is that which he gives himself.
      - Edward Gibbon

The most distinguished professional men bear witness, with an overwhelming authority, in favor of a course of education in which to train the mind shall be the first object, and to stock it, the second.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

The different steps and degrees of education may be compared to the artificer's operations upon marble; it is one thing to dig it out of the quarry, and another to square it, to give it gloss and lustre, call forth every beautiful spot and vein, shape it into a column, or animate it into a statue.
      - Thomas Gray

There is an education of the mind
  Which all require and parents only start.
    But there is training of a nobler kind
      And that's the education of the heart.
        Lessons that are most difficult to give
          Are Faith and Courage and the way to live.
      - Edgar Albert Guest

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
      - William Haley

A college education shows a man how little other people know.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

We are inclined to think that the study of the classics is, on the whole, advantageous to public morals, by inspiring an elegance of sentiments and an elevation of soul which we should in vain seek for elsewhere.
      - Robert Hall

The awakening of our best sympathies, the cultivation of our best and purest tastes, strengthening the desire to be useful and good, and directing youthful ambition to unselfish ends, such are the objects of true education.
      - Joel Tyler Headley

A father inquires whether his boy can construe Homer, if he understands Horace, and can taste Virgil; but how seldom does he ask, or examine, or think whether he can restrain his passions,--whether he is grateful, generous, humane, compassionate, just and benevolent.
      - Lady Hervey of Ickworth (Mary Lepell),
        Letters of Lady Hervey

He does not educate children but rejoices in their happiness.
      - Hermann Hesse

Man's mind stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its orginal dimensions.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Of course everybody likes and respects self-made men. It is a great deal better to be made in that way than not to be made at all.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (l. 1)

Unless your cask is perfectly clean, whatever you pour into it turns sour.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Education keeps the key of life; and liberal education insures the first conditions of freedom,--namely, adequate knowledge and accustomed thought.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

The reason why education is usually so poor among women of fashion is, that it is not needed for the life which they elect to lead.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

How can man be intelligent, happy, or useful, without the culture and discipline of education? It is this that unlocks the prison-house of his mind, and releases the captive.
      - Edward Porter Humphrey

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
      - Robert Maynard Hutchins

The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us; to develop, to their fullest extent, the capacities of every kind with which the God who made us has endowed us.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Education--Winter Studies and Summer Rambles

Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
      - Thomas Jefferson

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
      - Thomas Jefferson

I am always for getting a boy forward in his learning, for that is sure good. I would let him at first read any English book which happens to engage his attention; because you have done a great deal when you have brought him to have entertainment from a book. He'll get better books afterwards.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is wonderful what a difference learning makes upon people even in the common intercourse of life, which does not appear to be much connected with it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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