George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Education (19 Quotes)


    A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.


    What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.

    Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.

    There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. It is in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for example, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor.


    The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.

    What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for scepticism and activity.

    The only power a god can teach is the power of doing without happiness.


    Nobody can say a word against Greek it stamps a man at once as an educated gentleman.

    Education can and should do much influence social, moral and intellectual discovery by stimulating critical attitudes of thought in the young

    A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

    Schools must not become the agencies through which propaganda advocated by any section of society is spread. The method of control always a crucial problem should be in harmony with the fundamental values and principles of the states and the entire e

    What is laisser-faire but an orthodoxy The most tyrannous and disastrous of all the orthodoxies, since it forbids you even to learn.

    To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching Man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God's hand, his brain as God's brain, his purpose as God's purpose.

    If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.

    I'm not a teacher only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.

    As a teacher of Greek I gave the intellectual man weapons against the common man. I now want to give the common man weapons against the intellectual man



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