Education of myself is both liberating and addictive. Liberating because it frees me from the bonds of ignorance. Addictive because the more that I know, the more I more I learn what I don’t know yet.
I know what I do know. I know that what I don’t know, I can learn. However, it’s what I don’t that I don’t know that I can only learn through study, self mastery and education. I realized this many years ago, fortunately, when I was young and then the amazing Internet came along and suddenly I increased my learning ability because of the availability of information and this inspired me to learn more. For this reason I’ve put together a few of my favourite quotes about education from some of the Master Teachers of the past.
- “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates.
- “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
- “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci
- “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else” Leonardo da Vinci
- “A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him. In this way, a true teacher regards himself as a student of his students. If you will teach your pupils with this attitude, you will benefit much from them.” Mahatma Ghandi
- “Love requires that true education should be easily accessible to all and should be of use to every villager in this daily life. The emphasis laid on the principle of spending every minute of one’s life usefully is the best education for citizenship.” Mahatma Ghandi
- “Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education. But, ‘ Man cannot live by bread alone ‘. Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.”― Haile Selassie I
- “Education is not an end in itself, but an aid to assist you to distinguish between good and evil, between the harmful and the useful.” Haile Selassie I
- “No person is able to understand and solve one’s own problem better than one’s self.”Haile Selassie I
- “A qualified man with vision, unmoved by daily selfish interests, will be led to right decisions by his conscience. In general, a man who knows from whence he comes and where he is going will co-operate with his fellow human beings. He will not be satisfied with merely doing his ordinary duties but will inspire others by his good example. You are being watched by the nation and you should realize that you will satisfy it if you do good; but if, on the contrary, you do evil, it will hose its hope and its confidence in you.” Haile Selassie I
- A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Nelson Mandela
- “The important thing is not to stop questioning” Albert Einstein
- “That’s what education should be … the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way.” -Plato “The republic”
- “Educate the children and it won’t be necessary to punish the people (sic).” Pythagoras
- “A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” Proverbs of Solomon
I hope you are now inspired to keep up lifelong learning and teaching. My philosophy is that ” Each one must teach one,” your neighbours, the little youth, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers.