Quotes about Schooling and School
Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.
Richard Yates, A Good School
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
The home is the chief school of human virtues.
William Ellery Channing
It’s nothing. A school project. My go-to answer for anything. Staying out late? School project. Need extra money? School project.
My school colors were clear. We used to say, ‘I’m not naked, I’m in the band.
It was like joining a new class at school where everybody knows everybody else but me.
I am of the order whose purpose is not to teach the world a lesson but to explain that school is over.
The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.
I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do.
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
There is something in me maybe someday
to be written; now it is folded, and folded,
and folded, like a note in school.
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
You know, sometimes kids get bad grades in school because the class moves too slow for them. Einstein got D’s in school. Well guess what, I get F’s!!!
I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts.
I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.
I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Life, I’ve learned, is never fair. If they teach anything in schools, that should be it.
You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.
I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in. And definitely get out of high school and make everyone sorry.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
It’s easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.
Laurie Halse Anderson
It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.
I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.
It was like when you’re a little kid and you run into your teacher or librarian at the grocery store or Wal-mart and it’s just so startling, because it never occurred to you they existed outside of school.
I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.” – Greg Heffley,
Most schools have a loud system of loud bells, which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems.
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
I go to a school for spies.
Nudge: “I look like prep school Barbie. (looks at Max) Actually, you look like prep school Barbie. I’m just Barbie’s friend.
James Patterson, School’s Out—Forever
There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.
You can drag my body to school but my spirit refuses to go.
Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.
I hadn’t been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.
High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.
I didn’t have any friends at school, didn’t want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me.
Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational televison without the aid of caffeine.
There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore.
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I went to school in drag, in art school and my day was completely different because everybody thought I was a chick.
…The church, the state, the school, the magazine, think they are liberal and free! It is the freedom of a prison-yard.
Henry David Thoreau
The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse.
Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.
Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I’m not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.
I’ve loved you ever since that day you broke your slate over my head in school.
What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?
A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Of course, the downside of attending a fictional school is that our lacrosse team sucks.
Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.
Peter S. Jennison
Sometimes I think high school is one long hazy activity: if you are tough enough to survive this, they’ll let you become an adult. I hope it’s worth it.
Laurie Halse Anderson
When asked “What do we need to learn this for?” any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.
I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library.
You know . . . a lot of kids at school hate their parents. Some of them got hit. And some of them got caught in the middle of wrong lives. Some of them were trophies for their parents to show the neighbors like ribbons or gold stars. And some of them just wanted to drink in peace.
Rules and school are tools for fools! I don’t give two mules for rules.
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is the Wilderness School. ‘Where the Kids are animals
When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.
John Taylor Gatto
NO PDA,school rules. And besides she’s my partner dickhead.” said Alex.
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.
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.
I believe in teaching, but I don’t believe in going to school.
Once you leave out all the bullshit they teach you in school, life gets really simple.
High School. Society’s bright idea to put all their aggressive, naive youth into one environment to torment and emotionally scar each other for life.
When I was in school the teachers told me practice makes perfect; then they told me nobody’s perfect so I stopped practicing.
High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship – nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.
In high school, I used to think it was like sooooo cool if a guy had an awesome car. Now none of that matters. These days I look for character and honesty and trust.
High School is like a spork: it’s a crappy spoon and a crappy fork, so in the end it’s just plain useless.
I wasn’t aiming at the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway.
If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!
Most people felt lost after high school. Sometimes I felt like I’d never really been found in the first place.
Creativity is as important as literacy
O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school; And though she be but little, she is fierce.
Everyone in our school has afterschool activities. mine is going home.
A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.
Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.
You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.
John Kennedy Toole
Whoa. If high school was suppose to be the best years of my life – at least so far – I was truly destined to have a sucky adulthood.
Meg Cabot, Airhead
Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.
Richard Yates, A Good School
I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
Dyslexic, Agatha Christie
Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe.
R. Buckminster Fuller
I find myself daydreaming about him when I wake up in the morning, in school when something reminds me of him, and when I fall asleep at night
When I tell people I went to library school, the most common reaction is either “You’re joking, right?” or “They have schools for librarians? Do they teach you how to properly sssh people?
I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.
In high school I barely made the rodeo team. But I wasn’t good enough to start, so I just rode the bench.
She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.
They spent the first three years of school getting you to pretend stuff and then the rest of it marking you down if you did the same thing.
School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.
Albert Einstein, Dyslexic Genius, Dyslexic Creative
I’ll show you Obama’s birth certificate when you show me Sarah Palin’s high school diploma.
School made us ‘literate’ but did not teach us to read for pleasure.
Ambeth R. Ocampo
It was only high school after all, definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle.
Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon ‘in service,’ which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.
Neal Shusterman, Bruiser
It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.
Murray N. Rothbard
I don’t want to go to school and learn solemn things.
To educate the peasantry, three things are needed: schools, schools and schools.
I prefer the school of life.
We learn not in the school, but in life.
Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.
You don’t have to go to some special private school to be an artist. Just look at the intricate beauty of cobwebs. Spiders make them with their butts.
You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
Many public-school children seem to know only two dates—1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.
It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people.
One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.
As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.
Somehow it always comes back to coal at school.
I make it through the first two weeks of school without a nuclear meltdown.
Laurie Halse Anderson
I want to tell them all; the world is bigger than high school.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know where their high school yearbook is and those who do not.
We, who are so schooled in the art of listening to the voices of others, can often hear our own voice only when we are alone. . . For many women, the first choice, then, is to give ourselves the necessary time and space in which to renew our acquaintance with our lost voice, to learn to recognize it, and to rejoice as we hear it express our truth.
You mean he came to your school? The scandalous rodent-loaf!
Teenagers read millions of books every year. They read for entertainment and for education. They read because of school assignments and pop culture fads.
Wow. I thought I was the only person at this school faking every moment.
I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.
I don’t understand German myself. I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since.
Jerome K. Jerome
School prepares you for the real world… which also bites.
You will not remember much from school.
School is designed to teach you how to respond and listen to authority figures in the event of an emergency.
A Student is the most important person ever in this school…in person, on the telephone, or by mail.
A Student is not dependent on us…we are dependent on the Student.
A Student is not an interruption of our work..the Studenti s the purpose of it. We are not doing a favor by serving the Student…the Student is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.
A Student is a person who brings us his or her desire to learn. It is our job to handle each Student in a manner which is beneficial to the Student and ourselves.
William W. Purkey, Becoming an Invitational Leader
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other.
In high school I got voted most likely to get voted for something.
Raven! What are you doing up so late? You have school tomorrow!”…”But I thought it was just the one time?
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
School used to be an escape. Now it’s just another place with too much pressure, too much confrontation, & so not enough joy.
Everyone at school seems to go by a nickname. Kat, Frosty, Bronx, Boo Bear, Jelly Bean, Freckles.
it’s back to school time. or as home-schoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time.
What do they teach them at these schools?
In every school I’ve gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together.
[Homeschooling]…recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons.
Raymond S. Moore
The men on the trading floor may not have been to school, but they have Ph.D.’s in man’s ignorance.
The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school.
School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age.
I hated high school. I don’t trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there’s something wrong with you.
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
Mean girls go far in high school. Kind women go far in LIFE.
The high-school English teacher will be fulfilling his responsibility if he furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present.
Only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.
All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.
My mom did what school didn’t. She taught me how to think.
When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
I don’t know why I go to school unless for kicks, oh well might as well do dissect a frog.
Go to College,
Stay in school,
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread,
they can sure make something out of you.
The higher my GPA gets the more I realize high school is useless
Your pain is a school unto itself–– and your joy a lovely temple.
School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s pefect why practice?
I never learned anything at all in school and didn’t read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.
You may flunk your exams in school and still make it in life, but if you flunk life’s exams, you’re sunk!
Time is the school in which we learn
If there’s a Hell on Earth, it’s high school.
My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.
Experience is a good school. But the fees are high
Your words and actions made me hate coming to school. They made me uncomfortable in my own home.
One school is finished, and the time has come for another to begin.
There are teachers and students with square minds who are by nature meant to undergo the fascination of catagories. For them, ‘schools’ and ‘movements’ are everything; by painting a group symbol on the brow of mediocrity, they condone their own incomprehension of true genius.
I dropped out of school and congratulated myself for my diligence. Few realize how hard one has to work to resist the pressures of conventional success.
A lot of kids think high school represents the best years of their lives, but others recognize that it’s mostly irrelevant bullshit, and that life doesn’t even begin until afterward.
What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.
Terry Tempest Williams
It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.
I failed angst in high school. They let me graduate anyway.
My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.
Those kids aren’t dumb. But the people who run these schools want to make sure they don’t get smart: they are really teaching the kids to be slaves.
Don’t let your life outside of school dictate your future.
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.
Public schools were not only created in the interests of industrialism
School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.
School would be way more tolerable if everyone wasn’t so afraid to be who they really are. And if everyone else would let them.
Can teachers successfully educate children to think for themselves if teachers are not treated as professionals who think for themselves?
Prison is like high school with knives.
All the things I’ve read in my school books about England and the Queen were okay, but my eyes are the greatest book in the world.
The human heart is my school.
The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.
To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid.
Behind the parents stands the school, and behind the teacher the home.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it’s teaching.
Every high school has its Romeo and Juliet, one tragic couple. So does every generation.
Chuck Palahniuk, Rant
All the geography, trigonometry, and arithmetic in the world are useless unless you learn to think for yourself. No school teaches you that. It’s not on the curriculum.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has — I’m not kidding.
I never learned hate at home or shame. I had to go to school for that.
I miss school.
What’s wrong with me?
Wendelin Van Draanen
I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.
Copyright 2019, Simon Blake
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