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.
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 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 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.
Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching - without these a university cannot exist.
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.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
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.
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.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.
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.
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.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
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.
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