The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
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 task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching - without these a university cannot exist.
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.
Nobody can decide for himself whether he is going to be a human being. The only question open to him is whether he will be an ignorant undeveloped one or one who has sought to reach the highest point he is capable of attaining.
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
Every act of every man is a moral act, to be tested by moral, and not by economic criteria.
Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.
Too few have the courage of my convictions.
We do not know what education can do for us, because we have never tried it.
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