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like colour TV
is all there
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'Whom are you?' said he, for he had been to night school.
George Ade (1866-1944)

A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it.
Brander Matthews (1852-1929)

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
John Ciardi (1916-1986)

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Plato (427 BCE-347 BCE)

During exams you are permitted to look down for inspiration and up in exasperation, but you are not permitted to look side to side for information.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner (1904-1990)

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Everywhere children are schooled to become masters at answering questions and to remain novices at asking them.
James T. Dillon

For every person wishing to teach there are thirty not wanting to be taught.
W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman

God made the Idiot for practice, and then he made the School Board.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.

Grown ups are what's left when skool is finished.
Nigel Molesworth

Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt.
Patrick White (1912-1990)

I have learnt to spell hors d'oeuvres,
Which grates on many people's nerves.

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

I owe a lot to my teachers and mean to pay them back some day.
Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.
S.J. Perelman (1904-1979)

Life seemed to be an educator's practical joke in which you spent the first half learning and the second half learning that everything you learned in the first half was wrong.
Russell Baker (1925-2019)

Nowadays the illiterates can read and write.
Alberto Moravia (1907-1990)

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Muhammad (570-632)

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch (46-119)

The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things.
Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
William Blake (1752-1827)

There's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in, the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge accumulates.
A. Lawrence Lowell (1856-1943)

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.
Phyllis Diller (1917-2012)

Yesterday I couldn't spell engineer. Now I are one.

You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much.
James Barnes (1866-1936)

You don't have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.
J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes. You'll learn a lot today.

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

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