Cafe Church December 2008



A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.

My mother tells this story that when I first went to school, I thought I was going to help the teachers. I didn't realise I was going to get educated.
Moon Unit Zappa

There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
Stephen Colbert

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

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

Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.
John Gunther

My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared.
PJ Plauger

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
Paul Valery

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
Burt Bacharach

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
Orson Welles

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
Albert Einstein

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
John J. Plomp

It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
John 6:45 (New International Version)

I can't understand it. I can't even understand the people who can understand it.
Queen Juliana

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Rene Descartes

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
Don Marquis

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 (New International Version)

A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I don't know and I don't care.
Richard Pratt, Pacific Computer Weekly, 20 July 1990

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
(Louis) Hector Berlioz

Academy: A modern school where football is taught.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) - The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
G. M. Trevelyan

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
Laurence J. Peter

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Nicholas Murray Butler

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Deuteronomy 4:9 (New International Version)

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
Proverbs 9:9 (New International Version)

Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know.
R. Verdi

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
William Allin

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
Sir Claus Moser

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
Carl Rogers

A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.
James B. Stockdale

An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life.
Source Unknown

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;
Psalm 25:4 (New International Version)

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Henry Peter Broughan

Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
Alec Bourne, A Doctor's Creed

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
Thomas Carruthers

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Anatole France

Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
Job 6:24 (New International Version)

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

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

Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
Sir William Haley

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.
Anne Sullivan

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.
Tom Robbins

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Thomas H. Huxley

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