Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
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The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
more Diogenes quotes
Ideas are indeed the most dangerous weapons in the world. Our ideas of freedom are the most powerful political weapons man has ever forged.
more William O. Douglas quotes
Where suspicion fills the air and holds scholars in line for fear of their jobs, there can be no exercise of the free intellect. Supineness and dogmatism take the place of inquiry. A problem can no longer be pursued to its edges. Fear stalks the classroom. The teacher is no longer a stimulant to adventurous thinking; she becomes instead a pipe line for safe and sound information. A deadening dogma takes the place of free inquiry. Instruction tends to become sterile; pursuit of knowledge is discouraged; discussion often leaves off where it should begin.
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To educate a man is to unfit him to be a slave.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
Of all the tyrannies on human kind / the worst is that which persecutes the mind.
more John Dryden quotes
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
more Thomas A. Edison quotes
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
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The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of the society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment.
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The important thing is never to stop questioning.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
more Albert Einstein quotes
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
more George Eliot quotes
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
more T. S. Eliot quotes
Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religions destroy spirituality.
more Michael Ellner quotes
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
more Epictetus quotes
Only the educated are free.
more Epictetus quotes
In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
more Desiderius Erasmus quotes
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
more Felson quotes
A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.
more Martin H. Fischer quotes
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
more Martin H. Fischer quotes
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
more Malcolm S. Forbes quotes
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
more Anatole France quotes
Increasingly constructive doubt is the sign of advancing civilization.
more Jerome D. Frank quotes
A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.
more Erich Fromm quotes
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
more Robert Frost quotes
I know of no inquiry which the impulses of man suggests that is forbidden to the resolution of man to pursue.
more Margaret Fuller quotes
Curiosity is the kernal of forbidden fruit.
more Dr. Thomas Fuller quotes
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
more Galileo Galilei quotes
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and  intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
more Galileo Galilei quotes
I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work.
more Gallagher quotes
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
If we are to reach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
more James A. Garfield quotes
If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
more Stanley Garn quotes
Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another.
more John Taylor Gatto quotes
The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States... Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America.
more Gazette of the United States quotes
Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.
more A. Bartlett Giamatti quotes
Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress, indeed.
more Josiah William Gitt quotes
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.
more Jo Godwin quotes
Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.
more William Godwin quotes
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
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