Presidential Thoughts on Education

With President’s Day this week, citizens of the United States have the opportunity to reflect on many of the great leaders that have made a positive impact on the nation.  This week we’d like to celebrate these leaders by highlighting their thoughts on the power of education.  So, everybody sit back and get motivated!

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature.  Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – George Washington

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” – John Adams

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects to what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Books can not be killed by fire.  People die, but books never die.  No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons.  And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which fulfilled can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.  One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy

“Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want.  Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.” – Ronald Reagan

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.  I do that every day.  Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.  It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new.” – Barack Obama

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge.  Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” – John Adams