The papers today say that illiteracy has decreased. The more that learn how to read the less that learn how to make a living. That's one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
I desire to see the time when education, and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry, shall become much more general than at present.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Equalizing opportunity through universal higher education subjects the whole population to the intellectual mode natural to only a few. It violates the fundamental egalitarian principle of respect for the differences between people.
We are opposed to interference with parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children as an infringement of the fundamental Democratic doctrine that the largest individual liberty consistent with the rights of others insures [sic] the highest type of American citizenship and the best government.
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand.
Don't read your reviews,/ A*M*E*R*I*C*A:/ you are the only land.
Who stole America?
<who said what & when>
- Will Rogers, as quoted in Donald Day,The Autobiography of Will Rogers (1949)
- Abe Lincoln, a letter to the Sangamon Journal (1832)
- John Dewey (attrib.)
- Caroline Bird, The Case Against College (1975)
- Plank of the Democratic Party national platform (1892)
- Henry David Thoreau, entry written in October 1850, Journal (1906)
- Woodrow Wilson, from a speech in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1919)
- John Updike, "Notes to a Poem," in Picked-Up Pieces (1976)
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Starting from San Francisco (1961)