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When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas. (M. H. Abrams)

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. (Abigail Adams)

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. (Henry Brooks Adams)

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. (James Truslow Adams)

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. (Joseph Addison)

No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls. (Horatio Alger, Jr.)

A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. (James Allen)

Education is no substitute for pure raw talent. However, it is a good foundation on which talent may build. (David Allio)

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

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. (Aristotle)

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

The clarification of visual forms and their organization in integrated patterns as well as the attribution of such forms to suitable objects is one of the most effective training grounds of the young mind. (Rudolf Arnheim)

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. (W. H. Auden)

Character is the most precious gift of education. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

One can compare art education to the solid foundation for a house - once it's built properly, it will hold any shape or form you will place on it. (Igor Babailov)

The purpose of Art Education is to teach you how to draw. (Igor Babailov)

The art schools... you get young kids doing the most vile and meaningless crap. I think they believe every bit of it. (Leonard Baskin)

We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. (Mary Catherine Bateson)

Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself. (Romare Bearden)

We are all students. The moment we believe we have 'arrived,' we're in trouble. (Brenda Behr)

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person. (Warren G. Bennis)

A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first. (Wendell Berry)

In places like universities, where everyone talks too rationally, it is necessary for a kind of enchanter to appear. (Joseph Beuys)

The greatest education man has to learn is the science of self. (Yogi Bhajan)

education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. (Ambrose Bierce)

A community of people, that's the really what art school is. (Ross Bleckner)

Education is the movement from darkness to light. (Allan Bloom)

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Derek C. Bok)

The sole fact of having a school to train creative people is absolute lunacy... The idea of 'pedagogical vision' is ignoble, it has nothing to do with art, it's contrary to art. I really believe in teaching, despite what I say. (Christian Boltanski)

Creativity can be learned like basketball, which does not mean we will all be NBA stars. (Edward de Bono)

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Education is not so important as people think. (Elizabeth Bowen)

Education ought to teach how to be in love always and what to be in love with. The great things of history have been done by great lovers, by the saints and men of science and artists, and the problem of civilization is to give every man a chance of being a saint, a man of science, or an artist. (A. Clutton Brock)

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. (Jacob Bronowski)

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones. (Charlotte Bronte)

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. (Henry Peter Brougham)

I won't say our school was tough, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up. (Lenny Bruce)

To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education. (John Buchan)

Could we know by what strange circumstances a man's genius became prepared for practical success, we should discover that the most serviceable items in his education were never entered in the bills which his father paid for. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science. (Anthony Burgess)

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. (William S. Burroughs)

- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking...
In a way, education by its nature favors the extrovert because you are taking kids and putting them into a big classroom, which is automatically going to be a high-stimulation environment. (Susan Cain)

For education does not give only knowledge, but taste: it qualifies the feelings as well as the judgment. (Joyce Carey)

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The true university of these days is a collection of books. (Thomas Carlyle)

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog. (Alexis Carrel)

Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way. (Carlos Castaneda)

Nature is the best instructor. (Paul Cezanne)

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing. (Marc Chagall)

- The Life and Art of William Merritt Chase by Katharine Metcalf Roof, 1892...
I am not sure that it is a bad thing to go to a school, as I did, where the boys threw things at me, and asked if there was nothing else I could do [but draw]. (William Merritt Chase)

The University brings out all abilities, including incapability. (Anton Chekhov)

There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. (G. K. Chesterton)

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. (G. K. Chesterton)

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher. (Pema Chodron)

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we go. (Pema Chodron)

There's a reason you can learn from everything: you have basic wisdom, basic intelligence, and basic goodness. (Pema Chodron)

A Nobel Peace Prize winner once said that in devoting ten minutes of diligent study a day, a person, after a certain amount of time, will be considered an expert in this area and will know a considerable amount more of the subject or craft studied. (Scott L. Christensen)

I began my education at a very early age – in fact, right after I left college. (Winston Churchill)

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students. (John Ciardi)

- The Richest Man in Babylon...
Learning was of two kinds: the one being the things we learned and knew, and the other being the training that taught us how to find out what we did not know? (George S. Clason)

Educated minds seem to be boggled by the need to be original. If they want to be painters most of them have to buckle down and learn to paint after graduation. (Margot Clayton)

People come with preconceived notions about looking at art, and unless they decide to investigate further and learn something, they'll go away with the same notions they came with. (Patricia Cole-Ferullo)

The student can be his own teacher, and correct his own faults. (John Collier)

An artist who is self-taught is taught by a very ignorant person indeed. (John Constable)

I deny that art can be taught, or, in other words, maintain that art is completely individual, and that the talent of each artist is but the result of his own inspiration and his own study of past tradition. (Gustave Courbet)

I studied painting in school once. It almost ruined me as an artist. (Kris Courtney)

I've over-educated myself in all the things I shouldn't have known at all. (Noel Coward)

The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. (Bishop Creighton)

'Learning to paint' is probably the worst thing that can happen to an artist. (Warren Criswell)

The degree to which the arts are included in our educational curriculum is totally inadequate. The arts are just as important as math and science in an education and just as important as any other endeavour in our lives. (Ken Danby)

Inspired intellect must endure all kinds of ghastly education. (Paul Delaroche)

A spirited, unruly student is preferable. It's much easier to direct passion than to try and inspire it. (Joan Desmond)

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. (John Dewey)

There is no education like adversity. (Benjamin Disraeli)

- The Brain That Changes Itself...
Everything having to do with human training and education has to be re-examined in light of neuroplasticity. (Norman Doidge)

Teach me to hear the mermaids singing. (John Donne)

- Age of Treason, lyrics...
I flunk my way to college, a looser kind of school / But we bobbed and played time arty, feeling cool / Just to live an artists diggin' the ravin' scene / Reading Kerouac and Ginsberg well deuced. (Donovan)

You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. (Fyodor Dostoevski)

By education most have been misled. (John Dryden)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. (John Dryden)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. (Will Durant)

We must be careful not to discourage our twelve-year-olds by making them waste the best years of their lives preparing for examinations. (Freeman Dyson)

If nothing else, a student must get from his training a feeling of security in change. (Charles Eames)

Of all the purposes of education, I think the most useful is this: It prepares you to keep yourself entertained... (Roger Ebert)

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind, to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulations of others. (Tryon Edwards)

It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of education have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry... It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. (Albert Einstein)

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. (Albert Einstein)

The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think of something that cannot be learned from textbooks. (Albert Einstein)

The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important. (Elliot W. Eisner)

In some sense our aim ought to be to convert the school from an academic institution into an intellectual one. That shift in the culture of schooling would represent a profound shift in emphasis and in direction. (Elliot W. Eisner)

The ultimate aim of education is to enable individuals to become the architects of their own education and through that process to continually reinvent themselves. (Elliot W. Eisner)

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other. (George Eliot)

Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life. (Havelock Ellis)

Education is all a matter of building bridges. (Ralph Ellison)

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I was unemployable when I got out of college. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. (Euripides)

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. (Richard Feynman)

Artists of my generation were not educated. We were not given the equipment because it was generally believed to be irrelevant. (Eric Fischl)

Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education. (B. C. Forbes)

Students arrive from different environments and thought processes yet they all come to learn, to stretch beyond where they are, be inspired while discovering their unique creative voice. (Gwen Fox)

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't. (Anatole France)

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. (Benjamin Franklin)

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? (Erich Fromm)

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. (Robert Frost)

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--look. (Robert Fulghum)

What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities. (Buckminster Fuller)

Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic. (Buckminster Fuller)

Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did. (Neil Gaiman)

I was a terrible history student. They taught me history as if it were a visit to a wax museum or to the land of the dead. I was over twenty before I discovered that the past was neither quiet nor mute. (Eduardo Galeano)

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. (Galileo)

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. (Mahatma Gandhi)

A young person wanting to become an artist might simply go purposefully and dedicatedly to his or her room with a few books and a thousand blank canvases for four years. (Robert Genn)

The problem with University degrees, particularly the more spectacular ones, is that people who possess them can fall into the trap of thinking people who don't have them don't know anything. (Robert Genn)

Study the processes and methods of those who are better at it than you... there's someone who knows something you don't, who has honed a skill more than you have. Rival your rival. (Sara Genn)

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic. (Lorenzo Ghiberti)

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. (Kahlil Gibran)

It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend. (Nikki Giovanni)

Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom. (Jean Giraudoux)

You can learn as much - or more - from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face. (Malcolm Gladwell)

I hate everything that merely instructs me without augmenting or directly invigorating my activity. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

It interests me tremendously to make copies... I started it by chance and I find it teaches me things. (Vincent van Gogh)

In a sense I'm glad that I've never learned how to paint. (Vincent van Gogh)

I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. (Vincent van Gogh)

Something I tell my students is to read (a text) once; then if you still have problems with it, read it a second time. If you still have problems, get drunk and read it a third time... and you might get something out of it. (Felix Gonzalez-Torres)

Nothing in a graduate degree in art history prepares you for the eloquence of the eraser. (Adam Gopnik)

The making of an artist is more than the training of hands; it's the training of the eye, the ear, and the listening heart. (William Gough)

You are always the student in a one-person art school. You are also the teacher of that class. (Irwin Greenberg)

There are three ways to learn art: Study life, people and nature. Study the great painters. Paint. (Irwin Greenberg)

Then you learn about composition, you learn about old masters, you form certain ideas about structure. But the inhuman activity of trying to make some kind of jump or leap, where (even though you naturally have to paint - after all a painting is only a painting), the painting is always saying, 'What do you want from me? I can only be a painting.' You have to go from part to part, but you shouldn't see yourself go from part to part, that's the whole point. (Philip Guston)

Learn by doing or even better unlearn by doing. The opposite of what you learned. (Ernst Haas)

Knowledge pursued for its own sake - that's the definition of education, as opposed to training. (Jane Haddam)

- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth...
To me, it's simple: if you've got the time, use it to get ready. What else could you possibly have to do that's more important? Yes, maybe you'll learn how to do a few things you'll never wind up actually needing to do, but that's a much better problem to have than needing to do something and having no clue where to start. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

It is the semi-learned who scorn the ignorant; the learned know too much about them for that. (Henry S. Haskins)

Study continuously, developing yourself into a better person, more sensitive to things in nature. Spend years in getting ready. (Charles Hawthorne)

- Adolescents as Artists...
The art class opens the path to divergent thinking by accepting differences as normal and desirable, and places value on thinking which doesn't conform to rigid standards. (Horace Heilman)

A common defect of modern art study is that too many students do not know why they draw. (Robert Henri)

Students work in schools making life studies for years, win prizes for life studies and find in the end that they know practically nothing of the human figure. They have acquired the ability to copy. (Robert Henri)

All education must be self-education. (Robert Henri)

Self-education only produces expressions of self. (Robert Henri)

My father wanted me to have all the educational opportunities he never had, so he sent me to a girls school. (Jack Herbert)

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought. (Napoleon Hill)

The only people who need degrees are dentists and brain surgeons. (David Hockney)

No one has ever asked to see my degree certificate. (David Hockney)

Art isn't simply important education; it is education. Art is the gymnasium of the mind, body, and spirit. It is the place where we can totally address every element of ourselves; it doesn't matter what the content is. (Loren Hollander)

Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last. (Sherlock Holmes)

Live to learn, learn to live, then teach others. (Douglas Horton)

Watching other people work, each following their own muse, is a great way to learn. (Steve Hovland)

The last true venue of art education was in Paris, 150 years ago. We art 'students' need a solid foundation in the craft. Original ideas and concepts are purely personal. (Marvin Humphrey)

It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body. (Thomas H. Huxley)

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. (Thomas H. Huxley)

School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. (Ivan Illich)

Learning from books and teachers is like traveling by carriage, so we are told in the Veda. But, the carriage will serve only while one is on the highroad. He who reaches the end of the highroad will leave the carriage and walk afoot. (Johannes Itten)

I know that knowledge and intelligence are not the same thing - but they do live in the same neighborhood. I know once again, firsthand, the joy of learning. (A.J. Jacobs)

There is no outside teacher as valuable as the inside drive, the desire, the determination - if that is there, everything else can be picked up. (Melissa Jean)

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit. (Samuel Johnson)

Art hath an enemy called ignorance. (Ben Jonson)

The curriculum for a basic education in the arts is everyday life lived with intensity. (Stephanie Judy)

Becoming an artist cannot be taught. A degree and diligence is not a guarantee that one can become an 'artist.' (Scott Kahn)

The teacher you need is the person you're living with. (Byron Katie)

I think that the greatest education in the world is the education which helps one to be able to do the right things at the time it has to be done. (Charles F. Kettering)

Education can give you a skill, but a liberal education can give you dignity. (Ellen Key)

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher. (Ken S. Keyes Jr.)

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Everything, even the most ordinary daily affair, is enriched by the lessons that can be gleaned from art... (Michael Kimmelman)

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

In a world of increasing precariousness and uncertainty, nothing can be more beneficial than steadfastness of educational purpose and stability in educational behavior. (George Kneller)

College is absolutely necessary for many professions. It is a fine thing for general knowledge for an artist but don't expect to perfect your craft; that will take a lifetime. (Jackie Knott)

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. (Arthur Koestler)

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are. (Dalai Lama)

If every day in the life of a school could be the last day but one, there would be little fault to find with it. (Stephen Leacock)

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go. (Timothy Leary)

We've become conditioned to believe there is only one right answer. This goes back to the school system where you were rewarded for coming up with the one right answer that the teacher expected. To beat this conditioning, try to think of three right answers. (Claude Legrande)

Education is... doing anything that changes you. (George B. Leonard)

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers. (Aldo Leopold)

An art school is generated only by the intensity and heat of a common pressure. (William Lethaby)

The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' (C. S. Lewis)

The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires. (James Russell Lowell)

If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow. (John Lubbock)

Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner. (John Lubbock)

A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn. (John Lubbock)

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate in escaping regular education. (Hugh MacDiarmid)

A student of life considers the world a classroom. (Harvey Mackay)

A formal education in the arts can be like a physical injury sustained early in life – it keeps flaring up the rest of your days and you sometimes find yourself limping where once your gait was steady. (Mary Madsen)

Because I lack a university degree and letters after my name, I undervalue my accomplishments. (Mary Jean Mailloux)

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (Nelson Mandela)

A college degree has become one more thing for us to acquire, rather than a passion for us to pursue. (Leon McGinnis)

Education is civil defence against media fallout. (Marshall McLuhan)

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either. (Marshall McLuhan)

Much of education now seems to be founded on expediency rather than excellence. (Pete McMartin)

The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom. (Thomas Merton)

In school we were not taught how to think; we were taught to reproduce what past thinkers thought. (Michael Michalko)

I am still learning. (Michelangelo)

The intellectual process must be stirred. A feeling for knowledge for its own sake must be engendered. Learning will then be an exciting adventure which few can escape, nor will many wish to. And it will bring the spirit to a great awakening which can likely last a lifetime. (Julius Sumner Miller)

Why should there be a difference between how a person studies violin and how a person studies painting or drawing? (Dianne Mize)

My first degree came years before my second. I had wanted to be a physicist, but I flunked calculus. (Elizabeth Moon)

I'm very grateful that I was too poor to get to art school until I was 21... I was old enough when I got there to know how to get something out of it. (Henry Moore)

- Munch: In His Own Words...
The Academies of Art are nothing but great painting factories - those with talent are fed in at one end, and they come out as mechanical painting machines. (Edvard Munch)

When I was in art school, I thought art was something I would learn how to do, and then I would just do it. At a certain point I realized that it wasn't going to work like that. Basically, I would have to start over every day and figure out what art was going to be. (Bruce Nauman)

I have always said to young artists that scholastic training and the studying of art history are crucial to fully developing as an artist. (LeRoy Neiman)

A white lace curtain on the window was for me as important as a great work of art. This gossamer quality, the reflection, the form, the movement. I learned more about art from that than I did in school. (Louise Nevelson)

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The doer alone learneth. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I learned the tricks... If you want to do academic things, you can do them. It is not difficult. Yet it is from this difficulty – the mistakes and dead ends – that artists develop, not through the quick solutions and not from something you learn and apply. (Isamu Noguchi)

- Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, A Father's Letter, 1886...
My dear son - Your letter of last week reached us yesterday, and I enclose $13, which is all I have by me at the present time. I may sell the other shote next week and make up the balance of what you wanted. I will probably have to wear the old buffalo overcoat to meetings again this winter, but that don't matter so long as you are getting an education. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Schools and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to and say what I want to when I painted... (Georgia O'Keeffe)

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible. (Barack Obama)

It's not a question of learning much... On the contrary. It's a question of unlearning much. (Osho)

The best gift an educator can give is to get someone to become self-reflective. (Randy Pausch)

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns. (William Penn)

Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century. (Perelman)

Learning is discovering that something is possible. (Fritz Perls)

Learning is an art, and all students are artists. (Deena Welde Peschek)

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. (Laurence J. Peter)

But who can unlearn all the facts that I've learned? / I sat in their chairs and my synapses burned. (Phish)

The trouble is, we've been taught what to see and how to render what we see. If only we could be in the position of those men who did those wonderful drawings in Lascaux and Altimira! (Pablo Picasso)

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. (Pablo Picasso)

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. (Plato)

Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. (Alexander Pope)

The learned is happy, nature to explore / The fool is happy, that he knows no more. (Alexander Pope)

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing; the rest is mere sheep-herding. (Ezra Pound)

Real education happens when you pick up a fact here, and another fact there, and put them together and get an insight. (Terry Pratchett)

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. (Buddhist proverb)

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. (Chinese proverb)

-in 1905...
I doubt if there is a single really excellent art school now available in New York. (Howard Pyle)

Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research. (Raymond Queneau)

As long as I live, so long do I learn. (Ramakrishna)

The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life - by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality... He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort. (Ayn Rand)

I deplore the tendency, in some institutions, to go directly toward training for a trade or profession or something and ignoring the liberal arts. It is the foundation of education. (Ronald Reagan)

-b.1913 d.1967...
The job at Brooklyn is interesting because Brooklyn reflects what happened to university art departments everywhere. It might be the worst department now, and yet at one point it was the best in the country. (Ad Reinhardt)

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting, you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place. I wouldn't know where to send a student to study. (Ad Reinhardt)

It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Too much rigidity on the part of teachers should be followed by a brisk spirit of insubordination on the part of the taught. (Agnes Repplier)

Our studies will be forever, in a very great degree, under the direction of chance; like travelers, we must take what we can get, and when we can get it – whether it is or is not administered to us in the most commodious manner, in the most proper place, or at the exact minute when we would wish to have it. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Lessons - in anything - can be dangerous to us, for the weekly guilt can become addictive. We can come to believe that we deserve scorn, and that we really can profit from being told repeatedly how to do it... Gradually we lose our child-like enthusiasm... and substitute instead an intense yearning to do it 'right' for the teacher. (Eloise Ristad)

It's not just great teachers that sometimes shape your life. Sometimes it's the absence of great teachers that shapes your life and being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded. (Julia Roberts)

Being self-taught is the best way to achieve a really well-balanced painting education which suits you. Simply find artists whose style you like and learn all about how they do what they do. (Richard Robinson)

I like university professors, but you know, we shouldn't hold them up as the high-water mark of all human achievement. They're just a form of life, another form of life. (Sir Ken Robinson)

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

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning. (Carl Rogers)

There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. (Will Rogers)

What is desperately needed... is the skepticism and the sense of history that a liberal arts education provides. (Felix G. Rohatyn)

True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure of us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. (Jim Rohn)

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. (Andy Rooney)

The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight. (Harold Rosenberg)

The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy them; not merely be industrious, but love industry; not merely learn, but love knowledge; not merely be pure, but love purity; not merely be just, but hunger and thirst after justice. (John Ruskin)

Education can train, but not create, intelligence. (Edward McChesney Sait)

The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth. (Marilyn vos Savant)

Not all is taught in one school. (Hawaiian saying)

Everything that would begin to make somebody a good student would tend to make him or her a poor artist, and vice versa. (Peter Schjeldahl)

Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Try not to have a good time... this is supposed to be educational. (Charles Schulz)

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. (Sir Walter Scott)

The art establishment has turned away from the old curriculum which puts beauty and craft at the top of the agenda. (Roger Scruton)

We got interested in aesthetics, and then at the end of all of it we fell off the precipice. It's almost like crawling back because so many techniques are lost, and so we're going to have a [small] reserve of teachers who can teach the vast number of interested students. We have these poor, hungry, starving people who want to learn something and no place to get it. It's a tragedy. (Nelson Shanks)

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. (George Bernard Shaw)

My best training came from doing illustrations because it taught me to compose my paintings more effectively, to improve my colors, and to be ruthlessly selective. (Burton Silverman)

-of the Free Speech Movement, 1964...
I am a student. Please do not fold, spindle, or mutilate me. (Slogan)

Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly. (Anna Deavere Smith)

Learning is never aversive – usually we are not aware of it at all. It is failure to learn that is frustrating and boring, and so is having to attend to nonsensical activities. (Frank Smith)

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. (Herbert Spencer)

To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

Love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond since it deals with what one is and not what one has. (Freya Stark)

Very likely education does not make very much difference. (Gertrude Stein)

The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility - these three forces are the very nerve of education. (Rudolf Steiner)

I've always loved graffiti, the straightforwardness of it, even if its subject matter is narrow and gross. Its directness has always thrilled me – impulse to image with no barriers in between, especially those imposed by an 'education.' (Richard Stine)

Young people who learn the arts do better in every phase of their lives. (Meryl Streep)

You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it, and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately, you would be able to do it. (Theodore Sturgeon)

The formal education that I received made little sense to me. (Twyla Tharp)

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one study and that is the way in which things relate to one another. (Wayne Thiebaud)

My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. (Dylan Thomas)

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. (Henry David Thoreau)

Be a lifelong student. The more you learn, the more you earn and the more self-confidence you will have. (Brian Tracy)

Touch a university with hostile hands and the blood you draw is prompt, copious, and real. (Diana Trilling)

Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great. (Harry S. Truman)

Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies. (Desmond Tutu)

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

Some people get an education without going to college; the rest get it after they get out. (Mark Twain)

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks... Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher. (Morihei Ueshiba)

If people care as much about education as they say they do, why aren't they willing to pay teachers as much as garbage collectors? (Author unknown)

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Study the science of art and the art of science. (Leonardo da Vinci)

-art students, 7-8 years old ..
At that age we kind of catch them in a golden period before they lose it. (Katarina Vlasic)

Professor fighting screaming students, exploding crackers and imminent chaos were regular events at my elementary art classes in Serbia. Were it not for the past and present American collectors and my time spent in USA, I would have been thinking art is the agony of hopeless grief, and artists, a bunch of crazy ninnies. (Milos Vujasinovic)

I teach what I want to learn... I use this as a lesson for my students to be fearless in attempting the unfamiliar. (Dorenda Crager Watson)

They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies. (Orson Welles)

The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. (Oscar Wilde)

Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. (Oscar Wilde)

Education is the mother of leadership. (Wendell L. Willkie)

One must always be prepared to learn something totally new. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

If the learning process destroys the excitement, the involvement, the ability to respond, then we lose by that learning. (Gordon J. Wootton)

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)

The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness; the prerequisite to complete education is therefore the full development of consciousness - enlightenment. Knowledge is not the basis of enlightenment, enlightenment is the basis of knowledge. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

There exists a world of elementary knowledge which art school education can supply; but the highest stages of initiation are a matter of awareness in the adept. (Ossip Zadkine)


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