Good Thots: Education
1. True education enrolls men at the cradle & graduates them at the grave.
2. The learned fool writes nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but still ’tis nonsense.
3. The main difference between a wise man & a fool is that a fool’s mistakes never teach him anything.
4. One who never asks questions either knows everything or nothing.–Malcom S. Forbes
5. All a youngster wants out of school is himself.
6. Don’t call it education unless it has taught uou life’s true values.
7. An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.
8. My true knowledge of self comes not from my searching myself but from God searching me.
9. His brother has a Ph.D, his wife has an M.A., his daughter has a B.A., he is the only one with a J.O.B.
10. Common sense is the sixth sense, given to us by the Creator to keep the other five from making fools of themselves–& us.
11. College is a place that’s presumed to mold character, & some of the characters turn out to be very moldy. 12. Teaching children to count is not as important as teaching them what counts.
13. You can buy schooling, but wisdom is a gift from God.
14. It is not the I.Q. but the I WILL that is important in education.
15. Education is not a head full of facts, but knowing how & where to find facts.
16. Many people were blue & down in the dumps before they became educated. Now they are depressed & despondent.
17. If a person has no education he is forced to use his brains.
18. Formal education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
19. It seems that all a college education does is help folks become confused on a higher plane.
20. An expert can take something you already know & make it sound confusing.
21. It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than a fact no one ever heard before.
22. Learning from history & basking in nostalgia are two different things.
23. Education is what you get from reading the small print in a contract. Experience is what you get from not reading it.
24. If people learn from their mistakes, many are getting a fantastic education.
25. He who makes the same mistake over & over again learns to do at least one thing well.
26. A hundred mistakes are a liberal education–if you learn something from each one.
27. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense in making them.
28. A person can save himself from many hard falls by refraining from jumping to conclusions.
29. Learn from the mistakes of others–you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
30. The thing that surprises a college man the most when he gets out into the World is how much uneducated people know that he doesn’t know.
31. To LOOK is one thing. To SEE what you look at is another. To UNDERSTAND what you see is a third. To LEARN from what you understand is still something else. But to ACT on what you learn is what really matters.
32. Everybody is liable to make mistakes, but fools practice them.
33. Some men go to college to learn to express their ignorance in scientific terms.
34. Writer Lincoln Barnett once described the excitement of a group of students emerging from a physics lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. “How did it go?” one of them was asked. “Wonderful!” he replied. “Everything we knew last week isn’t true.”
35. An American woman living in India was having a simple electrical installation done by a native electrician. He troubled her so much for instructions that she at last said irritably, “You know what I want; just use your common sense & do it.” The electrician salaamed politely & said, “Madam, common sense is a rare gift of God. I have only a technical education.”
36. Samuel Butler, on an open mind: It ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it. It should be capable of shutting its doors, or it may be found a little drafty.
37. An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
38. The TV is my shepherd. My spiritual growth shall want. It maketh me to sit down & do nothing for its name’s sake because it requireth all my spare time. It keepeth me from doing my duty as a Christian because it presenteth so many good shows that I must see.
It restoreth my knowledge of the things of the World, & keepeth me from the study of God’s Word. It leadeth me in the paths of failing to attend fellowships & doing nothing in the Kingdom of God.
Yea, though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep viewing my TV as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion.
Its sounds & pictures they comfort me.
It presenteth entertainment before me & keepeth me from doing important things with my family. It fills my head with ideas which differ from those in the Word of God.
Surely, few good things will come out of my life because of so many wasted hours. And I shall dwell in my regrets & remorse forever.
39. I believe there are no poor students, only unmotivated students.
40. No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.–Charles P. Steinmetz
41. He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
42. A woman of wealth wanted to hire a coachman. Three persons applied for the job. When she spoke to the applicants, she asked each the same question: “Tell me, if you drove my coach around a steep corner with a precipice on one side, how near could you go to the precipice?” The first applicant said, “I think I could keep within 12 inches of the precipice & we would be perfectly safe!” The next man said, “I could take you a hair’s breadth & we would still be safe!” The third man said, “Madam, if I’m going to get this job & you want me as your coachman, I’m telling you that when we go around that corner, I’m keeping as far from that precipice as I can!” He was employed.
43. Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Wisdom is when you know which half to believe.
44. Men are wise in proportion not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.–George Bernhard Shaw
45. Experience is about the cheapest thing a fellow can get if he’s smart enough to get it secondhand.
46. Experience may be the best teacher, but she’s not the prettiest.
47. A failure is a man who has blundered & is not able to cash in on the experience.
48. A person becomes wise by observing what happens when he isn’t.
49. Our wisdom usually comes from our experience, & our experience comes largely from our foolishness.
50. One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time.
51. Experience is what you have left after you’ve pulled the boner.
52. A wise man learns by the experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool learns by nobody’s experience.w
53. Experience is the best teacher, & considering what it costs, it should be.
54. It was bitter experience that put the “prod” into the prodigal son.
55. Some people profit by their experiences; others never recover from them.
56. Jumping to conclusions is not nearly so good a mental exercise as digging for facts.
57. Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
58. Getting the facts is only half the job; the other half is to use them intelligently.
59. Facts mean nothing unless they are rightly understood, rightly related, & rightly interpreted.
60. Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong about the facts.
61. An ounce of facts is worth a ton of arguments.
62. Men have a real capacity for kidding themselves. Doctors of philosophy often become doctors of “foolosophy” & never know the difference.
63. The fact that you know what to say does not guarantee your right or obligation to say it.
64. A little knowledge properly applied is more important than a tremendous number of facts accumulated & not utilised.
65. Knowledge can be memorised.–Wisdom must think things through.
66. The man who knows how will always find a place in life, but the man who knows why will likely to be his boss.
67. The Devil has more knowledge than any of us, & yet is no better for it.
68. It’s better to know nothing than to know what isn’t so.
69. A little knowledge that ACTS is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
70. We should learn something every day. Sometimes it is the discovery that what we learned yesterday was wrong.
71. He who learns & learns but acts not what he knows, is like one who plows & plows but never, never sows.
72. Wisdom is the art of knowing what to fight for–& what to simply overlook.
73. Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, & increased constantly or it vanishes.
74. Once you’ve got wisdom, the Lord might be able to trust you with a little more knowledge, but if you give some people too much knowledge without wisdom, they invent atom bombs with their knowledge, & go shooting off into space & to zthe moon while millions are starving to death!
75. It’s a lot safer to trust God for your wisdom than to listen to people, especially if they haven’t got real spiritual discernment!
76. Since the System taught these young people that they came from animals, now they’re acting like it.
77. We spend $10,000 for a school bus so children won’t have to walk. Then we spend $100,000 for a gym so they can get some exercise.
78. Education without religion, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.–C.S.Lewis
79. Having bent over backwards to separate church & state in lower schools & maintain academic freedom in higher education, modern man has filled the value-vacuum with secular religion. Its creed is: Man is god; reason is truth; values are relative; & means are ends.
80. Culture of intellect, without religion in the heart, is only civilised barbarism & disguised animalism.
81. Where can you ever go to get a better education that will answer all your questions, solve all your problems, give you all the answers than right here in God’s Word & in the Family! Why should you ever even look anyplace else?
82. It takes highly-educated people who go to college & university for years to get themselves to the point where they’re so well-educated they no longer believe in God! Whereas any simple little fool or farmer or peasant or peon out there working the fields & seeing the wonders of God’s Creation firsthand, the growth of plants & animals & His marvels of creation, can’t HELP but believe in God! They can see His handiwork everywhere & even FEEL it! But the people who live in the cities & see nothing but the creations of man, they get away from acknowledging the existence of God.
83. I’m convinced we’re going to need our educational materials right on into the Millennium, not only for our own children but for the children of the whole World! We are NOW developing an educational system & educational materials for the NEW education of the New World! Think of it! Where else are they going to get it but from us?
84. I believe with all my heart that we are going to have to teach the World! How are we going to rule the World with a rod of iron if we don’t teach’m? If you teach them, that means you are EDUCATING them. We’re going to have to have teaching & training & education & schools in a Thousand Years of Earthly rule! And there are going to be SCHOOLS, there are going to be millions of CHILDREN that are going to have to be taught, not to speak of the adults!
85. We’re teething ourselves on our children, we’re learning on them. They’re the test tubes, they’re the ones that we’re working on teaching now, & if it works on them, praise God, maybe it’ll work on those little rapscallions & hellions that we’re going to have to try to reprogram & retrain when the Millennium comes. Think of that! You have no IDEA what a big job is ahead of you! You have no IDEA how much material we’re going to need, & I believe with all my heart we’re preparing the materials right now!
86. Modern Rabbis today have degrees in at least three fields, graduate degrees in law, medicine & religion. So they’re very smart people. Leave it to the Devil to have the smartest when it comes to education. That was man’s first great temptation. So they are very very smart people. The trouble is, they’re not smart enough! You with Jesus & with your knowledge of Christ are far smarter than they are!
87. Where ignorance is blliss, ’tis folly to be wise! Watch out about getting so intellectual & so smart & so educated that you can’t enjoy anything because you think too much & you analyse too much. The Lord says, “Except ye become as a little child you cannot even enter the Kingdom of God!”
88. There are courses in modern university today that are all lies, total phoney lies, not a word of truth to the whole thing! Pure vain imaginations, somebody’s dreams–nightmares! Pure concoctions of men, not a word of truth in it, & yet they have whole courses in college & university on it!
89. The public high schools of the United States are a good example of the hellish System! They are Hell on Earth & full of hellions in their very worst savage form at that age! They are savages, cruel, merciless, horrible!
90. Modern education in the school is totally diabolical, devilish, anti-Christ, demonic & is doing nothing but destroying faith, if there was any, in young people.
91. They’ve taken God & the Bible & prayer & Creation out of the public schools, Christ out or Christmas, & Jesus out of everything except the curse words!
92. The whole idea of teaching should be to make it easy for you to learn, easy to know & easy to be good. I want you to know, I want you to learn, I want you to be good. Why make it difficult? Why make it tough? Why make it hard on you? If you can make learning easy, great! Why not?
93. Modern education reminds me of the story of the two little old ladies after the meeting. The one said, “Oh, isn’t Doctor so-&-so deep?” And the little old simple farm lady said, “Huh! I don’t think he’s so deep, he just ain’t CLEAR!” Just because you can’t see the bottom doesn’t necessarily mean the pool is deep, it just may not be clear!
94. Your generation didn’t know what to do, where to go or who to follow! They taught you, “There are no absolutes, nobody’s right, there’s no such thing as right & wrong!” So you figured, “What’s the use of anything then? Why strive to do right if there IS no right? Who cares if I do wrong if there IS no wrong? Man can do no wrong, so he can do as he pleases, follow his compulsions, follow his impulses!” What horrible things to teach people with demonic impulses & horrible compulsions!–So the murder rate rises & the crime rate rises & the violence rate rises & they encourage it on the movies & the television & the videos & in the schools with their doctrines, but try to control it with a few corridor guards.
You can’t teach people to be wild beasts & then try to corral’m & keep them tame! If you let’m loose & you let the beast out of the cage of morality & law & proper teaching & certain safeguards & limitations & restrictions, they will go right back to savagery & cruelty & horrors!–And that’s where they’re going.
95. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, & strong enough to correct them.
96. To get maximum attention, it’s hard to beat a big mistake.
97. A man who has made a mistake & doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
98. There’s nothing wrong with making a mistake; just don’t respond with an encore.
99. Modern science is simply wonderful. It would take 50 people 20 years to make the same mistake a computer can make in only two seconds.
100. There’s an old saying, “Erasers are for people who make errors.” A better expression is, “Erasers are for people who are willing to correct their mistakes.”
101. To make mistakes is human. To repeat old mistakes is stupid.
102. It’s true that to err is human–but it can be overdone.
103. We seldom admit mistakes that have not caught up with us.
104. The man who invented the eraser had the human race pretty well sized up.