"What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine.
What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored."
Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844-1900) German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist
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I disagree with ths quote.The TRUE task of TRUE higher education is the positive development of the "Higher Self".To become a better person and to make this world a better place because we have been here.
 -- Me Again     
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    Me Again has it right.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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    The quotes I have been rceiving are good and interesting,but you need to BALANCE THEM WITH SOMETHING INSPIRING.
     -- Bob Davis, North Yarmouth, ME     
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    This quote is exactly right. This isn't how it should be, but it's how it is. Mr Nietzche has spoken the truth.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    It is sad that JimK's experience is so negative. Like MeAgain I've found those who want a positive experience out of the education process find it and celebrate it. BobDavis has a wonderful point, the quotes for the past week (or more) have been strangely one sided and highly negative...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    I'm with Jim on this one.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    It is a matter of outlook. The misanthropes will always see things this way. You can be about as happy and enolved in life as you want to be. Peer pressure can be a problem so parents need to supplement the educational process. I wonder what N. meant by higher education. We now generally consider it to be that beyond High School.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    Education is what you make of it. My daughter survived KU in recent years so it is still possible to get one in spite of the imbecile leftists that teach there. Don't care much for Mr. Superman "god is dead". Nietzsche or his buddy Adolph Hitler. I suspect that today's school system is what he would have approved of.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    We'll try to be a little more uplifting next week. Rattling cage doors cannot be avoided, however. :-) Cheers.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    Though that hasn't been my experience, it does happen alot. Having had to wade through leftist dribble and otherwise slave propaganda, I and my family have gained certain knowledge in support of prospering our surroundings.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The ability to suffer being bored happens to be a very useful skill. I use it almost daily.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Higher education is horrible today! I have Proffesors that tell me this and I have Proffesors that say education is great. The question I pose is this, am I getting a job skill one which I need school for or am I just putting the time in to show that I have discipline, if that is the case. Then 6 years in the Marine Corps taught me nothing. Great quote, but hey as God would most likely comment, " hey Nietsche, your dead too"!!
     -- Chris Morgan, Franklin, Pa.     
    everything about Nietzsche is great..
     -- czar, Iran     
    I also agree with Me Again.
     -- Anonymous     
    One of my children has multiple degrees (continuing to get more) and has chosen to create wealth from nothing related to the received higher education's instruction. That child pursued liberal arts, talent related desires and other knowledge as were consistent with personal interests. Most look at higher education as a vocational pre-requisite. It can be that BUT, a major problem with that concept is when individuals graduate with advanced degrees in underwater basket weaving, badminton or otherwise - they think they deserve a high paying job and it will be offered them immediately upon graduation. Those that use higher education as a vocational step usually turn out to be anti-creative machines that can not think out-side the box they placed on themselves (I know exceptions to that rule). If higher education was just that - higher education - there would be a lot less suffering from boredom, a lot less socialists (Democrat to Republican, communist to fascist, neocon to progressive / democratic, etc.) and a lot more liberty, peace, prosperity, justice, creativity and expression of inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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