"Natural ability without education
has more often raised a man to glory and virtue
than education without natural ability."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
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 -- Anonymous      
If he is talking about formal education, I agree. But education and learning are very close. No one should ever stop learning.
 -- wayne, naples     
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    What he fails to point out is that in either case, education (which is how you get learning) improves both those with and without natural ability.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    Statements above begin to fill out the quotes broader application.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
  • 4
    It is probably safe to assume that the word 'education' in this context refers to formal education, not learning per se. There are a great many 'unlettered' men and women throughout history that have done great and glorious things. There is no 'formal' education for wisdom. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- R. Martin, Carmel      
     -- Jim K, Austin      
    Yes, early education has a habit of making tyrants, money grabbing bankers, and psychopaths.
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
     -- Mary - MI      
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