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.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn't be in the university.
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.
The best education for the best is the best education for all.
Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
More free time means more time to waste. The worker who used to have only a little time in which to get drunk and beat his wife now has time to get drunk, beat his wife - and watch TV.
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.
Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching - without these a university cannot exist.
A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
We do not know what education can do for us, because we have never tried it.
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.
This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault.
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
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.
Anybody who feels at ease in the world today is a fool.
Democracy has not failed; the intelligence of the race has failed before the problems the race has raised
Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.
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