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No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

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.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) Italian educator.

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.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist and dramatist.

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

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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.

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator.

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

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

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.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 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.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

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