Quotes about education

Several days ago I saw on TV that a student attacked a teacher.

I saw many times that students of our great universities can’t answer very simple questions.

Often I noticed that professors of our universities and leaders of our country have never learned good manners.

I know that some Americans are joining extremists.

What is going on?

Do we have a huge problem in education?

If yes, who is responsible for it?

Below are some quotes about education.

Do you think that they help to answer my questions?

Please let me know your opinions.


The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

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.

Theodore Roosevelt

18 thoughts on “Quotes about education

  1. All the quotations quoted by those great minds is true. The problem lies in the interpretation and how one perceives it. Today, education is perceived as a tool for earning rather than learning.

    • I like your post very much! But how to implement your idea in our system of education? Our professors do not think high and live simple.
      They fight for power and money and use students to help in their struggle.

      • Thank you JF for the visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not just professors but it is the responsibility of every individual to think simple, as we pointed out. And as the quotations in your posts tells, education is not necessary to teach us good behavior. It is our mind that has to take the lead. Education cannot change a person’s mind who does not want to change.

  2. 33 years high school teacher. I do humor not reality but I can say the majority of teens of last two generations don’t have a clue about what they are supposed to be doing in school. Teachers and schools are not the problem.

  3. As a former teacher (in 3 continents) I wish I could offer a simple assessment. I have encountered rudeness & violence, but overwhelmingly I’ve been impressed by a desire to learn, to succeed. Most curricula have their limitations so a good school develops the whole person; not enough do.
    Love the quotations!

  4. I have vague, vague memories from the early 1980s when studying the fall of Rome. The memories are of source documents dating from the period that the Western Empire fell. Writers then also complained of the poor behaviours that they were beginning to behold, the growing illiteracy and so on. Perhaps collapsing our civilisation and enforcing over a thousand years of terrible poverty, violence and ignorance upon the world will wake everyone up? But then again, probably only for a few hundred years.

    Sorry – in a bit of a cynical mood at present.

    But yes to your question about education, and not just the United States. This phenomenon in education seems to be happening over the entire western world (at least it appears to be from what I can see).

    Who is responsible? Us all as a collective whole. But you know what they say, everyone’s responsibility is no-one’s responsibility.

    Do your quotes help to answer the question? I think that these words are words of wisdom, but it all comes down to horses and water (if you know what I mean).

    Thanks for more thought provoking questions ๐Ÿ™‚


    • During last two decades I noticed that Americans from the Orient better educated and cultured than other Americans. I also learned that their average income is the highest among all groups. I see that education and culture are very valued in the Orient and people work hard to improve themselves.

  5. The quotes are excellent but I think MLK has it right in saying it’s not just education but character that’s needed. Maybe from a very young age manners, tolerance, respect and care for others should be taught as basics as well as the 3 R’s which served my generation well enough.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • You are right! And here is a major problem: breakdown of families. Single parents very often are very busy, depressed or frustrated and don’t have time and desire to learn basics yourselves.

  6. As Roosevelt noted a university education can only make someone who’s inclined to steal that much more proficient in his craft. Education itself can’t change or fix people, it can only enhance and better equip them to do what they want.
    As you noted above the issue is with the breakdown of the family, it is an institution responsible for the training and rearing of the next generations. Without the family functioning as it should there will be a ineffective Church/Spiritual institutions, and an unbalanced government. The family is the cornerstone of the way the American nation is built.

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