Quotations About / On: SCHOOL
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).)
Dr. Birdsell, my dramatic coach in school, always said that I was the most melancholy Dane that he had ever directed.
(Donald Freed, U.S. screenwriter, and Arnold M. Stone. Robert Altman. Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall), Secret Honor (1984).
Fictional play based on Richard Nixon.)
Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.
(Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: Exercises," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).)
A school without grades must have been concocted by someone who was drunk on non-alcoholic wine.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Prayers," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 56, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
Thus we steadily worship Mammon, both school and state and church, and on the seventh day curse God with a tintamar from one end of the Union to the other.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 402, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)