The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
The best education for the best is the best education for all.
Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.
When we listen to the radio, look at television and read the newspapers we wonder whether universal education has been the great boon that its supporters have always claimed it would be.
Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn't be in the university.
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.
Education can be dangerous. It is very difficult to make it not dangerous. In fact, it is almost impossible.
Whenever the urge to exercise comes upon me, I lie down for a while and it passes.
A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.
The policy of the repression of ideas cannot work and never has worked. The alternative to it is the long difficult road of education. To this the American people have committed.
We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.
Democracy has not failed; the intelligence of the race has failed before the problems the race has raised
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
On the principle laid down by Gilbert and Sullivan that when everybody is somebody, nobody is anybody; if everybody is abnormal, we don't need to worry about anybody.
...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
...the fullest development of the highest powers of men can be achieved only in a world of peace.
Nature will not forgive those who fail to fulfill the law of their being. The law of human beings is wisdom and goodness, not unlimited acquisition.
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