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Looking Back - July 28, 2013

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

As the first day of school approaches, here is a look back at what people have said about education and school through the years.

They said it...

• “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” — Brigham Young

• “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

• “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” — Walter Cronkite

• “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” — Robert Frost

• “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

• “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” — C.S. Lewis

• “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci

• “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.” — Aristotle

• “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” — Henry Ford

• “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” — Theodore Roosevelt

• “Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states ‘accountable’ for their education performance ... In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats.” — Ron Paul

• “The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

• “Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.” — Victor Hugo

• “Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” — Joseph Stalin

• “Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework.” — Bill Cosby

• “The highest result of education is tolerance.” — Helen Keller

• “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” — Benjamin Franklin

• “A degree is not an education, and the confusion on this point is perhaps the gravest weakness in American thinking about education.” — Dolly Parton

• “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” — Theodore Roosevelt

• “Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.” — Bill Gates

• “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” — Tom Bodett

• “Once in a while, our school has half-days, and the teachers spend the afternoon ‘in service,’ which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.” — Neal Shusterman

• “It’s back-to-school time, or as home-schoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time.” — Stephen Colbert

• “I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford.” — Dave Barry

• “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.” — Abraham Lincoln

• “I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like ‘What I’m Going to be If I Grow Up.’” — Lenny Bruce

• “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” — Mark Twain

• “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” — Victor Hugo

• “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” — Theodore Roosevelt

• “Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.” — Doug Larson

• “I remember when I was in high school I didn’t have a new dress for each special occasion. The girls would bring the fact to my attention, not always too delicately. The boys, however, never bothered with the subject. They were my friends, not because of the size of my wardrobe but because they liked me.” — Marilyn Monroe

• “The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

• “I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” — Woody Allen

• “You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them.” — L. Frank Baum

• “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” — Lily Tomlin

• “If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” — Edgar W. Howe

• “It’s well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they’re in middle school.” — Sally Ride

• “I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm that I did in all my years of college.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

• “For some reason, there seems to be no internal policeman for a bully that says maybe you’re hurting somebody’s feelings.” — Whoopi Goldberg

• “When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.” — Sylvester Stallone

• (On school uniforms) “Don’t these schools do enough damage making all these kids think alike, now they have to make them look alike too? It’s not a new idea, either. I first saw it in old newsreels from the 1930s, but it was hard to understand because the narration was in German.” — George Carlin

• “No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.” — Herbert Hoover

• “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school, I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.” — Gracie Allen

• “Hairstyles change, and skirt lengths, and slang, but high school administrations? Never.” — Stephen King