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School Proverbs


Sayings about Schools

Many pupils have gained more wealth than their masters. ~ Italian Proverbs

When the student is ready, the master appears. ~ Buddhist Proverb

Scholars talk books, butchers talk pigs. ~ Chinese Proverbs

An ounce of a mother’s wit is worth a pound of schoolgirl’s wit. ~ German Proverbs

The world teaches you more than your taskmaster. ~ Maltese Proverbs

Experience runs a valuable school, but fools learn in no other. ~ Italian Proverb

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~ English Proverbs

Schoolmaster, stick to your books; farmer, to your pigs. ~ Chinese Proverb

Quotations about Schools

You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year. ~ Henry Ford

You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school. ~ William Glasser

When schools flourish, all flourish. ~ Martin Luther

We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our school-masters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us. ~ Charles de Secondat

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. ~ Carol Burnett

The marks you receive in the school of experience are mostly bruises. ~ Author Unknown

The family is the school of duties… founded on love. ~ Felix Adler

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

School is practice for future life, practice makes perfect and nobody’s perfect, so why practice? ~ Billie Joe Armstrong

School is not preparation for life, but school is life. ~ John Dewey

School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them. ~ Ivan Illich

People react to fear, not love — they don’t teach that in Sunday school, but it’s true. ~ Richard M. Nixon

One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time. ~ Author Unknown

No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy. ~ George Orwell

Marriage is not a reform school. ~ Ann Landers

Law school taught me one thing; how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different. ~ Hart Pomerantz

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former. ~ Horace Mann

In the schoolroom her quick mind had taken readily that strong starch of unexplained rules and disconnected facts which saves ignorance from any painful sense of limpness. ~ George Eliot

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards. ~ Mark Twain

If nobody dropped out of eighth grade, who would hire the college graduates? ~ Author Unknown

I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that. ~ Dick Gregory

I loved learning, it was school I hated. I used to cut school to go learn something. ~ Eric Jensen

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

I educated myself. To me, school was boring. ~ Van Morrison

He, who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~ Victor Hugo

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been. ~ Josh Billings

Experience is a good school, but the fees are high. ~ Heinrich Heine

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. ~ Edmund Burke

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~ Albert Einstein

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to. ~ Ezra Taft Benson

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~ Author Unknown

A college education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it. ~ Author Unknown

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~ George Santayana

The secret in education lies in respecting the student. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that studies only men will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

one repays a teacher badly if one remains always only a student. ~ Friedrich nietzsche

Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out. ~ Samuel Johnson

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~ Henry L. Doherty

Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed. ~ Marva Collins

School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

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

They are not the best students who are most dependent on books. What can be got out of them is at best only material; a man must build his house for himself. ~ George MacDonald

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. ~ Jacob Bronowski

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. ~ George Santayana

No student knows his subject: the most he knows is where and how to find out the things he does not know. ~ Woodrow T. Wilson

it’s the student who makes the teacher, not the other way around. ~ Carlos ruiz zafon

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.~ William Faulkner

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

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few books, well studied, and thoroughly digested, nourish the understanding more than hundreds but gargled in the mouth, as ordinary students use. ~ Francis Osborne

I believe that the testing of the student’s achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning. ~ Carl Rogers

A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array. ~ Jeremy Bentham

What a misfortune it is that we should thus be compelled to let our boys’ schooling interfere with their education! ~ Grant Allen

There is unspeakable pleasure attending the life of a voluntary student. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. ~ Bill Dodds

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. ~ Benjamin Franklin

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success. ~ Robert Orben

Studies teach not their own use; but that is wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. ~ Francis Bacon

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Study requires solitude, and solitude is a state dangerous to those who are too much accustomed to sink into themselves. ~ Samuel Johnson

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

All students can learn. ~ Christopher Darlington Morley

The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the point of view of the subjugated is finally and inexorably being expressed. ~ James Baldwin

The founding fathers… provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you. ~ John Updike

Teaching is leaving a vestige of oneself in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~ Eugene P. Bertin

Those who go to college and never get out are called professors. ~ George Givot

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. ~ Wendell Phillips

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog. ~ Mark Twain

I find four great classes of students: The dumb who stay dumb. The dumb who become wise. The wise who go dumb. The wise who remain wise. ~ Martin H. Fischer

Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues. ~ Author Unknown

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have given his life. ~ Ernest Renan

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.~ Walter Bagehot

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! ~ Louisa May Alcott

The scholar only knows how dear these silent, yet eloquent, companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours become in the season of adversity. When all that is worldly turns to dross around us, these only retain their steady value. ~ Washington Irving

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. ~ Garry Trudeau

I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated. ~ Al McGuire

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.~ Amos Bronson Alcott

They say that we are better educated than our parents’ generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. It is not the same thing. ~ Richard Yates

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed. ~ Marva Collins

The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation? ~ H. L. Mencken

My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed. ~ Allen Ginsberg

The average schoolmaster is, and always must be, an ass. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

Students-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. ~ Jacob Bronowski

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