Mark Twain Quotes on Education (24 Quotes)



    Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

    I never let schooling interfere with my education.

    What is there in Rome for me to see that others have not seen before me What is there for me to touch that others have not touched What is there for me to feel, to learn, to hear, to know, that shall thrill me before it pass to others.


    The self taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a tenth as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers, and besides, he brags, and is the means of fooling other thoughtless people into going and doing as he

    I said there was nothing so convincing to an Indian as a general massacre. If he could not approve of the massacre, I said the next surest thing for an Indian was soap and education. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run because a half-massacred Indian may recover, but if you educate him and wash him, it is bound to finish him some time or other.

    Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.

    Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

    When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built.

    I've never let my school interfere with my education.

    Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace even affectionately.

    The first time a student realizes that a little learning is a dangerous thing is when he brings home a poor report card.

    Education that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

    All schools, all colleges, have two great functions to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten.1908, notebook

    Never learn to do anything if you don't learn, you'll Always find someone else to do it for you.

    When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

    Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

    Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

    Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

    When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man's moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it.

    God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.


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