A state-controlled manufactory of echoes: 14 quotes about education from famous UK people

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During the last hundred years the United Kingdom has given the world thousands of talents. And in many ways this was due to the education culture in this country.

UII collected for you 14 quotes of famous Brits about education and its role in people’s lives

Major acts of Churchill: Education Act 1944: raised the school leavers age to 14; introduction of the 11+.
Churchill was an inspirational statesman, writer and orator / PD

  1. Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of the UK:

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught”.

  1. Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist:

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil”.

  1. Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish historical novelist:

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education”.

  1. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist:

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, whether you like it or not”.

  1. Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British writer:

“Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes”.

  1. Herbert Spencer (1820–1903), English philosopher:

“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action”.

  1. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer:

“I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who”.

  1. George Orwell (1903-1950), British novelist:

“No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy”.

  1. Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist and poet:

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul”.

  1. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), British politician and poet:

“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself”.

  1. Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), Scottish biologist:

“If I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this – never neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening”.

Pratchett described himself as a non-descript student
Pratchett’s early reading included every book “you really ought to read”. Later he regarded that as “getting an education” / Stefan Servos
  1. Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), English author of fantasy novels:

“I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did”.

  1. John Ruskin (1819-1900), English art critic:

“It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning”.

  1. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Nobel Prize and Oscar-winning Playwright:

“To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching”.