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Inspirational quotes on teaching and education

(reader's discretion advised)


  • Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest)

  • It is no wrong to pay for learning; to help the ignorant to wisdom is always a merit. (Rudyard Kipling, Kim)

  • Non vitae sed scholae discimus. [we don't learn for the sake of life, but for the sake of school] (Seneca)

  • I've never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

  • [...] si impara molto di piu' a vivere stando sepolti dentro un cimitero che seduti dentro una scuola [...] [one learns much more about life while buried in a graveyard than while sitting in a school] (Giovannino Guareschi, Mondo Piccolo, Cronaca Spicciola)

  • It's a true miracle that modern education hasn't yet completely smothered the curiosity necessary for scientific study. (Albert Einstein)

  • There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

  • A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. (Mark Twain)

  • He was just enough civilised to show off his outlandishness in the strangest possible manner. His education was not yet completed. He was an undergraduate. (Melville, Moby Dick)

  • Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest)

  • And, finally, Lewis Carroll:
The method employed I would gladly explain,
While I have it so clear in my head,
If I had but the time and you had but the brain—
But much yet remains to be said.
(from The Hunting of the sNark)


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