"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. "

Baron Henry Peter BROUGHAM
British statesman, b. Edinburgh (1778–1868)

"You wasted 150.000 dollars on an education you could have got for one and a half dollar in late fees at the public library"

Actor and screenwriter, as Will Hunting in 'Good Will Hunting' (1970-)

"Only the educated are free."


Phrygian Stoic philosopher (A.D. C. 50-C.138)

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

Victor HUGO
French poet, dramatist, and novelist (1802-85)

"Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble."


"In the 21st Century, the capacity to communicate will almost certainly be a key human right."

South African political leader and president (1918-)

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

South African political leader and president (1918-)

"In our country we need schools, colleges, universities and libraries because seventy per cent of our people are illiterate. There are lots of mosques but very few schools."

Bangladishi physician, writer and womens rights activist

"The gains in education are never really lost. Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men."

Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT
32d President of the United States (1882-1945)

"... literacy is the way which turns slavery into freedom. There are many types of slavery and many types of freedom. But reading keeps being the way."

American astronomer and popularizer of science (1934 -)

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."

Greek philosopher of Athens (469-399 B.C.)

"When I am king, they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved."

Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark TWAIN
The Prince and the Pauper
American author (1835-1910)

"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education."

Essays on Education
U.S. educator and historian (1906-1963)

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

William Butler YEATS
Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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