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Education is the only interest worthy the deep, controlling anxiety of the thoughtful man.
      - Wendell Phillips, Speeches--Idols

Do not then train boys to learning by force and harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Education is the constraining and directing of youth towards that right reason, which the law affirms, and which the experience of the best of our elders has agreed to be truly right.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

The most important part of education is right training in the nursery. The soul of the child in his play should be trained to that sort of excellence in which, when he grows to manhood, he will have to be perfected.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Licking a cub into shape.
  [Lat., Lambendo paulatim figurant.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History (VIII, 36)

If Nature be not improved by instruction, it is blind; if instruction be not assisted by Nature, it is maimed; and if exercise fail of the assistance of both, it is imperfect.
      - Plutarch

Hew the block off, and get out the man.
      - Alexander Pope

'Tis education forms the common mind;
  Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 149)

So watchful Bruin forms with plastic care,
  Each growing lump and brings it to a bear.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (I, 101)

Then take him to develop, if you can
  And hew the bock off, and get out the man.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (IV, 269)

It depends on education (that holder of the keys which the Almighty hath put into our hands) to open the gates which lead to virtue or to vice, to happiness or misery.
      - Jane Porter

Twelve years ago I made a mock
  Of filthy trades and traffics;
    I considered what they meant by stock;
      I wrote delightful sapphics;
        I knew the streets of Rome and Troy,
          I supped with fates and Fairies--
            Twelve years ago I was a boy,
              A happy boy at Drury's.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed,
        School and Schoolfellows

Minds that are stupid and incapable of science are in the order of nature to be regarded as monsters and other extraordinary phenomena; minds of this sort are rare. Hence I conclude that there are great resources to be found in children, which are suffered to vanish with their years. It is evident, therefore, that it is not of nature, but of our own negligence, we ought to complain.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

A free school
  For th' education of young gentlemen,
    To study how to drink and take tobacco.
      - Thomas Randolph, The Muses' Looking-glass
         (act III. sc. 1)

An acquaintance with the muses, in the education of youth, contributes not a little to soften manners. It gives a delicate turn to the imagination and a polish to the mind.
      - Samuel Richardson

Begin the education of the heart, not with the cultivation of noble propensities, but with the cutting away of those that are evil. When once the noxious herbs are withered and rooted out, then the more noble plants, strong in themselves, will shoot upwards. The virtuous heart, like the body, becomes strong and healthy more by labor than nourishment.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Every man has two educations--that which is given to him, and the other, that which he gives to himself. Of the two kinds, the latter is by far the most valuable. Indeed, all that is most worthy in a man, he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that that constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Girls, like the priestesses of old, should be educated only in sacred places, and never hear, nor much less see, what is rude, immoral, or violent.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

To form a brave man, educate boldly.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A child of one can be taught not to do certain things such as touch a hot stove, turn on the gas, pull lamps off their tables by their cords, or wake mommy before noon.
      - Joan Rivers

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Education is either from nature, from man, or from things; the developing of our faculties and organs is the education of nature; that of man is the application we learn to make of this very developing; and that of things is the experience we acquire in regard to the different objects by which we are affected. All that we have not at our birth, and that we stand in need of at the years of maturity, is the gift of education.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means. The training which makes men happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others.
      - John Ruskin

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Capacity without education is deplorable, and education without capacity is thrown away.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

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