One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
– Edgar Allen Poe
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what time it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.
Earl of Chesterfield (um, name, anyone?)
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
– Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
…and the main one I wanted to note:
Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favor of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes men to seek a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position… It will be said that the joy of mental adventure must be rare, that there are few who can appreciate it, and that ordinary education can take no account of so aristocratic a good. I do not believe this. The joy of mental adventure is far commoner in the young than in grown men and women. Among children it is very common, and grows naturally out of the period of make-believe and fancy. It is rare in later life because everything is done to kill it during education… The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young. Education should not aim at passive awareness of dead facts, but at an activity directed towards the world that our efforts are to create.
– Bertrand Russell
I need to check the veracity of these quotes. And the sources.