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I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.

Author: Jeffrey Archer (1940)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Novelist

What we must look for here is, firstly, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.

Author: Thomas Arnold (1795-1842)

Profession: British Educator, Scholar

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Author: Tom Bodett

Profession: American Author, TV Host

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Were I to deduce any system from my feelings on leaving Eton, it might be called The Theory of Permanent Adolescence. It is the theory that the experiences undergone by boys at the great public schools, their glories and disappointments, are so intense as to dominate their lives and to arrest their development. From these it results that the greater part of the ruling class remains adolescent, school-minded, self-conscious, cowardly, sentimental, and in the last analysis homosexual.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

I was asked to memorize what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.

Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Profession: British Occultist

Minerva House was ''a finishing establishment for young ladies,'' where some twenty girls of the ages from thirteen to nineteen inclusive, acquired a smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

In the schoolroom her quick mind had taken readily that strong starch of unexplained rules and disconnected facts which saves ignorance from any painful sense of limpness.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

I have found it; I have discovered the cause of all the misfortunes which befell him. A public school, Joseph, was the cause of all the calamities which he afterwards suffered. Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.

Author: Ivan Illich (1926)

Profession: Austrian-born American Theologian, Author

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.

Author: Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Profession: American Educator

School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense and common decency. It doesn't take a reasonably bright boy long to discover that most of what is rammed into him is nonsense, and that no one really cares very much whether he learns it or not.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.

Author: Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Profession: Italian Educator

My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.

Author: Hannah More (1745-1833)

Profession: British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist