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In this season of midterm grades and parent-teacher conferences, here are 40 quotes about education to help motivate and inspire:

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"An invasion of armies can be resisted; an invasion of ideas cannot be resisted."

— Victor Hugo

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"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

— Abigail Adams

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"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."

— Winston Churchill

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"A man who cannot think is not an educated man however many college degrees he may have acquired."

— Henry Ford

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"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not."

— Thomas H. Huxley

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"Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn."

— Herbert Gerjuoy

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"The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration."

— Allan Bloom

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"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog."

— Mark Twain

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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Nelson Mandela

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"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul."

— Joseph Addison

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"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

— Robert Frost

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"The only fence against the world, is, a thorough knowledge of it."

— John Locke

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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

— Thomas Jefferson

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"An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history — he is one who can accomplish things."

— Henry Ford

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"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."

— Carl Gustav Jung

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"Thinking is the hardest work any one can do — which is probably the reason why we have so few thinkers."

— Henry Ford

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"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."

— Thomas Huxley

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"Education costs money, but then so does ignorance."

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"There are two extremes to be avoided: one is the attitude of contempt toward education, the other is the tragic snobbery of assuming that marching through an educational system is a sure cure for ignorance and mediocrity."

— Henry Ford

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"Knowledge . . . is the only guardian of true liberty."

— James Madison

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"No matter what your circumstances are, whether you are in prosperity or in adversity, you can learn from every person, transaction, and circumstance around you."

— Brigham Young

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"I read my eyes out, and can't read half enough neither. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read."

— John Adams

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"Education will not come of itself; it will never come unless you seek it; it will not come unless you take the first steps which lead to it; but, taking these steps, every man can acquire it."

— Henry Ward Beecher

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"He, who has no inclination to learn more, will be very apt to think that he knows enough."

— William Samuel Powell

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"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts."

— C.S. Lewis

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"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."

— Thomas Jefferson

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"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."

— Francis Bacon

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"It is better to read a little and thoroughly than cram a crude undigested mass into my head, though it be great in quantity."

— Thomas Huxley

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"A man's real education begins after he has left school. True education is gained through the discipline of life."

— Henry Ford

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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each starts with education."

— George H.W. Bush

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"There is far too much of the feeding-bottle in education and young people ought to be supplied with good intellectual food and then left to help themselves."

— Thomas Huxley

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"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education... The human mind is our fundamental resource."

— President John F. Kennedy

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"Merely gathering knowledge may become the most useless work a man can do. What can you do to help and heal the world? That is the educational test."

— Henry Ford

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"All of life is a constant education."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

— Lord Brougham

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"The object of education is not to fill a man's mind with facts; it is to teach him how to use his mind in thinking."

— Henry Ford

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"A little learning is a dangerous thing!
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again."

— Alexander Pope

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"I believe that our own experience instructs us that the secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson