Mark Twain Education


Did you know that Mark Twain, the genius writer who is now recognized as the “father of American literature,” was not educated beyond elementary school? Mark Twain education quotes express his cynicism towards the mediocre education system. He believes that “schooling” is different from “education.” He warns us of the hazards of following the education system with blind faith.

  • Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
  • Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
  • We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.
  • God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
  • The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
  • Just the omission of Jane Austen’s books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it.
  • There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to “angelship.”
  • I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
  • The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
  • Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.
  • Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
  • Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.
  • Don’t let school interfere with your education

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