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 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.
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.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
The best education for the best is the best education for all.
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.
...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
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.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.
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.
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.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
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.
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