What Is Education?
Motivational Thoughts

Who Is Educated?, Learning, Teachers, The Thinker, Experience Teaches,
Dedication, Example, Influence, Reflection, Studying, Study, Stagnant Truth

What Is Education? - Motivational Thoughts

Who Is Educated?

There are five tests of the evidence of education- correctness and precision in the use of the mother tongue; refined and gentle manners, the result of fixed habits of thought and action; sound standards of appreciation of beauty and of worth, and a character based on those standards; power and habit of reflection; efficiency or the power to do.
- Selected ©

Who Is Educated?

A processor in Chicago is reported to have given the following test to his pupils. He told them they were not really educated unless they could say Yes to all these questions:

Has your education given you sympathy with all good causes and made you espouse them?

Has it made you public-spirited?

Has it made you a brother to the weak?

Have you learned how to make friends and to keep them?

Do you know what it is to a friend yourself?

Can you look an honest man or a pure woman straight in the eye?

Do you see anything to love in a little child?

Will a lonely dog follow you down the street?

Can you be high-minded and happy in the meaner drudgeries of life?

Do you think washing dishes and hoeing corn just as compatible with high thinking as piano playing or golf?

Are you good for anything yourself?

Can you be happy alone?

Can you look out on the world and see anything but dollars and cents?

Can you look into a mud puddle by the wayside and see anything in the puddle but mud?

Can you look into the sky at night and see beyond the stars?

Can your soul claim relationship with the Creator?
- Selected ©

Life’s Lessons

We’ve all got to got to school, I expect, and we don’t all get the same lessons to learn, but the one we do get is our’n, ‘taint nobody else’s, and if it’s real hard, why, it shows the teacher thinks we’re capable.
- Rose Terry Cooke

Education is what remains
after one has forgotten
everything he learned in school.
- Quote by Albert Einstein

Education - Stagnant Truth

Do not mistake acquirement of mere knowledge for power. Life food, these things must be digested and assimilated to become life or force. Learning is not wisdom; knowledge is not necessarily vital energy. The student who has to cram through a school or college course, who has made himself merely a receptacle for the teacher’s thoughts and ideas, is not educated; he has not gained much. He is a reservoir, not a fountain. One retains, the other gives forth. Unless his knowledge is converted into wisdom, into faculty, it will become stagnant like still water.
- J. E. Dinger

Education is the best friend.
An educated person is respected
everywhere. Education beats
the beauty and the youth.
- Quote by Chanakya

Experience Teaches

It is not enough to have books, or to know where to read up for information when we want it. Practical wisdom for the purposes of life must be carried about with us, and be ready for use at call. It is not enough that we have a fund laid up at home, but not a farthing in our pocket: we must carry about with us a store of the current coin of knowledge ready for example on all occasions, else we are helpless when the opportunity for action occurs. The experience gathered from books is of the nature of learning; the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom; and a small store of the latter is worth vastly more than any stock of the former.
- Smiles ©

To the uneducated,
an A is just three sticks.
- Quote by A. A. Milne

I never teach my pupils;
I only attempt to provide the
conditions in which they can learn.
- Quote by Albert Einstein

Education - Dedication

Let us now with earnest hearts and with exalted faith and hope solemnly consecrate this building to its high and holy purpose. May the youth of this community for generations to come gather in this place to receive instruction in knowledge and training in virtue. May they find here every condition necessary to a true and enlightened education. Especially, may their teachers be examples of excellence in scholarship and character, seekers after goodness and truth, lovers of children, enthusiasts and adepts in the finest of all arts, the development and in inspiration of human souls. May these rooms always be pervaded with an invigorating atmosphere of mental and moral life, and my no child pass from these schools to higher grades or to the outer world without having been made more intelligent, more thoughtful, more courageous, more virtuous, and in every way more capable of wise and just, of useful and noble living. To this end, may the blessing of God be upon child and parent, upon pupil and teacher, upon principal and superintendent and upon every one whose influence will in any degree affect the work of education as it shall be conducted within these walls.
- Scott ©

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. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. 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


When Addison had completed the Guardian, he was asked to publish another work, but said, "I must take time to relax and lay in fuel for it." Samuel Johnson declined to be introduced to a popular author, saying that he did not wish to talk with a man who wrote more than he read.

Fuller said that he "guessed good housekeeping, not by the number of chimneys, but by the smoke." Many capacious mental fireplaces lack fuel, and many large libraries lack readers. Only as we get can we give.

"I have two poems, one on the 'Bible' and the other on the 'Ocean,' but cannot find a publisher to take them." "Throw one into the other!" was the wise advice of a sarcastic friend.
- Selected ©

Education - Reflection

The man who thinks, reads, studies, and meditates has intelligence cut in his features, stamped on his brow, gleaming in his eyes, and sooner or later the face tells the status or the condition of the soul- a reflection of the divinity within the man. - Record ©

The only thing more expensive
than education is ignorance.
- Quote by Benjamin Franklin

Education - Example

Example – Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. It is not teaching the youth the shapes of letters and the tricks of numbers, and then leaving them to turn their arithmetic to roguery, and their literature to lust. It means, on the contrary, training them into the perfect exercise and kingly continence of their bodies and souls. It is a painful continual and difficult work to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by percept, and by praise, but above all- by example. - John Ruskin

Education - Influence

James A. Garfield said that a log with a student on one end and a Mark Hopkins, his old teacher, on the other end was his ideal college. The point in it all is that personal contact and direct interest in the individual student by an instructor of lofty character is the main thing in any institution of learning.
- F.S. Groner

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
- William Lyon Phelps


I would say to every person read with your pencil. Never pass a word, or an allusion, or a name you do not understand without marking it down for inquiry. Then go to your dictionary for the definition or explanation; go to the encyclopedia for information as to biographical or historical allusions. Never read about any country without having a map before you. This kind of study will fix things in your mind as no formal method of the schools ever will.
- Beecher


A beginning of days to many preachers would be to take possession of some new province of literature, as Robert Hall did when, after sixty, he studied Italian to read Dante; as Arnold did when, two years before his death, he began Sanskrit, pleading that he “was not so old as Cato when he learned Greek.” How many weary and starved congregations listen hopelessly to a dejected preacher who will never give them a word, a phrase, or a thought they have not heard hundreds of times.
- Beecher

LEARNING, like money, may be so based on coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of senses or happiness.
- Shenstone


"The eyes- it cannot choose but see;
We cannot bid the ear be still;
Our bodies feel, where're they be,
gainst and with our will.
Nor less I deem that there are Powers
Which of themselves our minds impress;
That we can feed this mind of ours
In a wise passiveness."

One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
- William Wordsworth

To a Music Teacher

You cannot practice for her everyday
The knowledge that you give her will not stream
On her young mind in one bright, blinding ray
But you can plant a dream
Ah, you can plant a dream in her young heart
A dream of excellence whose light will gleam
Upon the pathway as the years depart
Your words can plant a dream.
To sow a dream and see it spread and grow
To light a lamp and watch its brightness gleam
Here is a gift that is divine I know
To give a child a dream.
- Anne Campbell

The Teacher

Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them knowledge, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them power to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness thru and thru.

I teach them love for all mankind
And all God’s creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh, let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.
- Leslie Pinckney Hill

The Thinker

Back of the beating hammer
By which the steel is wrought,
Back of the workshop’s clamor
The seeker may find the thought;
The thought that is ever master
Of iron and steam and steel,
That rises above disaster
And tramples it under heel!

Might of the roaring boiler,
Force of the engine’s thrust,
Strength of the sweating toiler,
Greatly in these we trust.
But back of them stands the schemer,
The thinker who drives things through;
Back of the job- the dreamer,
Who’s making the dream come true!
- Berton Braley


LEARNING is like mercury,
one of the most powerful
and excellent things in the
world in skillful hands;
in the unskillful,
the most mischievous.
- Quote by Pope

Clear Writers, like clear fountains,
do not seem as deep as they are;
the turbid look the most profound.
- Quote by Landor

Pithy sentences are like
sharp nails which force
truth upon our memory.
- Quote by Diderot

The great thing in the world
is not so much where we stand,
as in what direction we are moving.
- Motivatinal Quote by
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance
to read them at all.
- Quote by Thoreau

Manhood, not scholarship,
is the first aim of education.
- Quote by Ernest Thompson Seton

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Quote by Mahatma Gandi

My definition of an educated man
is the fellow who knows the right
thing to do at the time it has to
be done. You can be sincere
and still be stupid.
- Quote by Charles F. Kettering

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