A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Quotes: Education

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“Our values have altered: Today, anybody with a fair knowledge of world literature and history is commonly regarded as a kind of innocent fool or harmless fuddy-duddy. To possess humanistic learning, once widely aspired to, often seems elitist, unimportant, or simply eccentric….Erudition makes people feel uneasy; at worst it can seem vaguely undemocratic. Better to talk about last night’s episode of the latest sitcom, something we can all enjoy equally.”
Michael Dirda, Book by Book

“One trouble with having read nothing worth reading is that one never fully understands the other side of one’s argument, never understands that the argument is an old one (all great arguments are), never understands the dignity and worth of the people one has cast as enemies.”
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

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