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Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. 
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.
Surely education has no meaning unless it helps you understand the vast experience of life with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys. You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land a good job, but then what? What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes dull, weary, stupid?
So you see that the process of education, taken in a large way, may be described as nothing but the process of acquiring ideas or conceptions, the best educated mind being the mind which has the largest stock of them, ready to meet the largest possible variety of the emergencies of life. The lack of education means only the failure to have acquired them, and the consequent liability to be 'floored' and 'rattled' in the vicissitudes of experience.
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.
It is difficult to think of anything more important than providing the best education possible for our children. They will develop the next technologies, medical cures, and global industries, while mitigating their unintended effects, or they will fail to do these things and consign us all to oblivion.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness. Is this not what is actually taking place all over the world? Our present education is geared to industrialization and war, its principal aim being to develop efficiency; and we are caught in this machine of ruthless competition and mutual destruction. If education leads to war, if it teaches us to destroy or be destroyed, has it not utterly failed?
Your parents and society use that word duty as a means of molding you, shaping you according to their particular idiosyncrasies, their habits of thought, their likes and dislikes, hoping thereby to guarantee their own safety.
The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

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