GiN Quotes: Education

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Better Educated

“The Man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson

Liberty and Learning

“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?” -James Madison, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822

Defense of Nations

“Education is the cheap defense of nations.” -Charles Noël Douglas

Country Depends Upon

“Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.”
-Benjamin Disraeli, speech, House of Commons, June 15, 1874

Enlighten the People

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to P.S. du Pont de Nemours, April 24, 1816. This sentence is one of many quotations inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol

Corrective of Abuses of Power

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, September 28, 1820

Preserves our Liberty

“Educate and reform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

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