Friday, January 6, 2023

Roots are bitter, but fruit is sweet

 "Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons." 

                                                  — Malala Yousafzai, 2013


"What was the duty of the teacher if not to inspire? 

                                                  — Bharati Mukherjee, 1988


"Knowledge itself is power"

                                                  — Francis Bacon, 1597


"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

                                                  — Aristotle, 330 BCE


"The content of the curriculum should never exclude the realities of the very students who must intellectually wrestle with it. When students study all worlds except their own, they are miseducated."

                                                  — Johnetta B. Cole, 1993


"The trouble with education is that we always read everything when we're too young to know what it means. And the trouble with life is that we're always too busy to reread it later."

                                                  — Margaret Ayer Barnes, 1930       


"For easier 'tis to learn and recollect / What moves derision than what claims respect."

                                                  — Horace, c.14 BCE


"Our self-imposed task is thus to seek out the simple: to find broad explanations, satisfying solutions, reliable answers to those questions which affect the health and growth of that democracy under whose banner we live and hope. So we shall use our metaphysics and our philosophy in just this sense. They are to be our tools; [and] we are to use them; [but] they are not to burden us."

                                                  —Louis Sullivan, 1918


A selection of quotes from the latest edition of Lapham's Quarterly, on "Education". Get yours here:   (I don't myself agree with every word, and this is perhaps the point.)