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Education and Training Quotes


Top 40 Education and Training Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Education and Training Quotes

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

- Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), pictured right, South African leader.



No 2Education and Training Quotes

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

- John Adams (1735-1826) American president, pictured right.

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John Ruskin (1819-1900), pictured right, the English writer and philosopher, emphasizes work:

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

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William Inge (1860-1954), the English writer and Anglican priest, pictured right, emphasizes values:

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact but of values.



No 3Education and Training Quotes

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it for himself.

- Galileo (1564-1642), Italian scientist, pictured right.

Other great thinkers agree:Education and Training Quotes


Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

- Socrates (470-399 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right,

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Coercion is the worst of teaching methods.

- Jean Piaget (1896-1980), Swiss educational psychologist, pictured right.

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To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul,

(from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ,1961)

- Muriel Spark (1918-2006), pictured right, Scottish writer.

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If he [the teacher]is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind,

(from The Prophet, 1923)

- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-born American philosopher, pictured right.



No 4Education and Training Quotes

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

- Carl Rogers (1902-87), American psychologist, pictured right.

 Education and Training Quotes

So Peter Drucker, pictured right, in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1985) says:

In an entrepreneurial society individuals have a tremendous challenge... the need for continuous learning and re-learning.

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Alvin Toffler, pictured right, also said in Future Shock (1970):

Tomorrow’s illiterate will be the man who has not learned how to learn



No 5Education and Training Quotes

Education means making creators..

- Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Swiss educational psychologist, pictured right.



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No 6

Learning is more effective when it is an active rather than a passive process,

- Kurt Lewin 1890-1947) German-born American psychologist, pictured right.

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So the English writer and bishop, Mandell Creighton (1843-1901), pictured right, said:

The only real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.



No 7Education and Training Quotes

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.

- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British prime minister, pictured right.

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Edmund Burke (1729-97), Irish-born British Member of Parliament, pictured right, agrees:

Education is the cheap defence of nations.



No 8Education and Training Quotes

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand,

- Confucius (551-479 BC), Chinese philosopher, pictured right.



No 9Education and Training Quotes

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten,

- B. F. Skinner (1904–90), American psychologist, pictured right..



No 10Education and Training Quotes

A library is thought in cold storage.

- Lord Samuel (1870–1963), British politician, pictured right.



No 11Education and Training Quotes

Language and knowledge are indissolubly connected.

- Annie Sullivan (1866–1936), pictured right, American educator and tutor of Helen Keller .



No 12Education and Training Quotes

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soul has never been loosened or fertilised by education.

(Jane in Jane Eyre)

- Charlotte Brontë (1816-55), English writer, pictured right

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A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

(Ishmael in Moby-Dick, 1851)

- Herman Melville (1819-91), pictured right above, American writer.Education and Training Quotes

 John Dewey (1859-1952), the American philosopher, pictured right, agrees:

Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.



No 14Education and Training Quotes

Only the educated are free.

- Epictetus (c.55-c.135 AD), Greek philosopher, pictured right.

Epictetus also comments:

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.


No 15Education and Training Quotes

Study without a liking for it spoils the memory.

- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, pictured right.



No16Education and Training Quotes

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

- Lord Brougham (1778–1868), Scottish lawyer and politician, pictured right.



No 17Education and Training Quotes

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

(known as Maslow’s Hammer)

- Abraham Maslow (1908-70), American psychologist, pictured right.



No 18Education and Training Quotes

He who can does. He who cannot teaches.

(from the 1903 play Man and Superman)

- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish writer, pictured right.



No 19Education and Training Quotes

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

- Bill Gates (1955- ), co-founder of Microsoft, pictured right.

 Gates also comments:

Education is society’s great leveller.



No 20Education and Training Quotes

The greatest service the teacher can render the student is to increase his freedom – his free range of activity and thought and his power of control,

- Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933) American management expert, pictured right.



No 21Education and Training Quotes

If you think that training is expensive consider the costs of ignorance,

- Ray Kroc (1902-84), founder of McDonald's, pictured right.



No 22Education and Training Quotes

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

- Aristotle (384-322 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No 23Education and Training Quotes

Only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born American scientist, pictured right.



No 24Education and Training Quotes

Anyone, regardless of their nature, can be trained to be anything.

- John Watson (1878-1958), American psychologist, pictured right.



No 25Education and Training Quotes

The real safeguard of democracy... is education.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), pictured right, American president.



No 26Education and Training Quotes

To educate a man in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society,

- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), pictured right, American president.



No 27Education and Training Quotes

An educated man...is one who can accomplish things.

- Henry Ford (1863-1947), American car maker, pictured right.



No 28Education and Training Quotes

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

- H.G. Wells (1866-46), English writer, pictured right.



No 29Education and Training Quotes

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

- Aristotle (384-322 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No 30Education and Training Quotes

We only think when we are confronted with problems.

- John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher and educator (pictured right).


Dewey also says:

Scepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind



No 31Education and Training Quotes

By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education.

- Alvin Toffler, pictured right, in Future Shock (1970)



No 32Education and Training Quotes

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer and philosopher, pictured right.

Also said by Friedrich Engels (1820-95), co-author of the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx



No 33Education and Training Quotes

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather make visible what is hidden as a seed.

- Thomas More (1477-1535), English philosopher and politician, pictured right,



No 34Education and Training Quotes

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, pictured right,



No 35Education and Training Quotes

One schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

- Thomas (Tom) Paine (1737-1809), English philosopher, pictured right,



No 36Education and Training Quotes

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-born British philosopher, pictured right,



No 37Education and Training Quotes

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.

- John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), English economist, pictured right,



No 38Education and Training Quotes

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.

(Casca in Julius Caesar)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right



No 39Education and Training Quotes

In an age when technological change is so rapid, and the walls around companies and countries so small, only new skills and lifelong learning can ensure job security.

- Thomas Friedman, pictured right, Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999)



No 40Education and Training Quotes

Managerial competence is created on the job, not in the classroom.

- Douglas McGregor, pictured right, The Human Side of Enterprise (1960)


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