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.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
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.
When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away.
Anybody who feels at ease in the world today is a fool.
Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching - without these a university cannot exist.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
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.
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.'
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
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.
Every act of every man is a moral act, to be tested by moral, and not by economic criteria.
It sometimes seems as though we were trying to combine the ideal of no schools at all with the democratic ideal of schools for everybody by having schools without education.
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
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.
We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.
Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
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