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.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
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.
Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn't be in the university.
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.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
Every act of every man is a moral act, to be tested by moral, and not by economic criteria.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
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.
Education can be dangerous. It is very difficult to make it not dangerous. In fact, it is almost impossible.
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.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
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.
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.
America's experiment with government of the people, by the people, and for the people depends not only on constitutional structure and organization but also on the commitment, person to person, that we make to each other.
Whether four years of strenuous attention to football and fraternities is the best preparation for professional work has never been seriously investigated.
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