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Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.
Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. 
It is difficult to think of anything more important than providing the best education possible for our children. They will develop the next technologies, medical cures, and global industries, while mitigating their unintended effects, or they will fail to do these things and consign us all to oblivion.
So you see that the process of education, taken in a large way, may be described as nothing but the process of acquiring ideas or conceptions, the best educated mind being the mind which has the largest stock of them, ready to meet the largest possible variety of the emergencies of life. The lack of education means only the failure to have acquired them, and the consequent liability to be 'floored' and 'rattled' in the vicissitudes of experience.
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
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.
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Surely education has no meaning unless it helps you understand the vast experience of life with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys. You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land a good job, but then what? What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes dull, weary, stupid?
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
The object of education ought not to be to make all men think alike, but to make each think in the way which is the fullest expression of his own.
Your parents and society use that word duty as a means of molding you, shaping you according to their particular idiosyncrasies, their habits of thought, their likes and dislikes, hoping thereby to guarantee their own safety.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
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