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Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
(Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, May 6, 1736.)
I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 276.)
Japanese mothers credit "effort" as the key determinant of a child's achievement in school, while American mothers name "ability" as the more important factor.
(Perry Garfinkel (20th century), U.S. freelance writer, teacher. "The Best 'Jewish Mother' in the World," Psychology Today (September 1983).)
For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.
(Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Speech at the International Eucharistic Conference, Philadelphia, reported in the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (August 13, 1976).)
I feel like my sixteenth birthday and the time I graduated from high school, and the first time I flew solo all wrapped up in one.
(Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), A Guy Named Joe, when she's wearing the new dress Pete gave her (1943).
Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.)
Specialization is a feature of every complex organization, be it social or natural, a school system, garden, book, or mammalian body.
(Catharine R. Stimpson (b. 1936), U.S. scholar and educator. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A56 (October 21, 1992).
On alleged over-specialization in academic research.)
Next to our free political institutions, our free public-school system ranks as the greatest achievement of democratic life in America ...
(Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 14 (1953).)
A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, vol. 3, notebook 28 (July 1888-May 1889), ed. Frederick Anderson (1979).)
Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.
(Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Confessions of a Bloom & Hirsch Girl," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
(Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movies as Opera," Going Steady (1968).)