Famous Quotes on Education

"When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built."
—Mark Twain

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
—Malcolm S. Forbes

"Children need all school workers. A person is not 'just' a janitor, not 'just' a custodian. Janitors can see children when [teachers] don't see them, and bus drivers recognize that children who are disruptive on the bus are likely to be disorderly in the classroom. They're partners in education. We need each other to make this work."
—Rev. Jesse Jackson

"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."
—Dan Rather

"What greater gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?"

"I like to think that the greatest success of any life is that moment when a teacher touches a child's heart and it is never again the same.... Everything America is or ever hopes to be depends upon what happens in our school's classrooms."
—Frosty Troy, editor, Oklahoma Observer

"Education is the transmission of civilization. Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned again by each new generation."
—David Kearns, former chair, Xerox Corporation

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Wednesday September 29, 2004 1:23 PM