@.@ The Philosophy of Freaks @.@ – Education and Educated Men

~ Not To Be Reproduced by Rene Magritte


Here’s a good rule of thumb

Too clever, is dumb

~ Ogden Nash


The results of education:

  1. Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
  2. Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.[1]
  3. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.[2]
  4. The learned are seldom pretty fellows, and in many cases their appearances tends to discourage a love of study in the young.[3]
  5. People who refer to themselves as intellectuals are automatically committing a social crime and also, usually an error.[4]
  6. The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.[5]


Education and experience:

  1. We learn from experience that we never learn from experience.[6]
  2. Experience is the name that everyone gives to their mistakes.[7]


A little on history:

  1. History, noun. An account, mostly false, of events, most unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.[8]
  2. History is a set of lies agreed upon by the victor.
  3. History is a hard core of interpretations surrounded by a pulp of disputable facts.
  4. History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.[9]
  5. Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that men never learn anything from history.[10]
  6. History would be a wonderful thing – if it were only true.[11]
  7. The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.[12]


The power of ideas:

  1. An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it.[13]
  2. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.[14]
  3. A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.[15]
  4. I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.[16]
  5. Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.[17]
  6. The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
  7. Many people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do.[18]


To those that cannot teach:

  1. Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching – that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to.[19]
  2. For every person wishing to teach, there are thirty not wanting to be taught.


Books and reading:

  1. The whole known world, with the exception of the savage races, is governed by books alone. Almost the whole of Africa and the Middle East obeys the Quran. China is ruled by the moral book of Confucius; a greater part of India by the Vedas. Persia was governed for centuries by the books of one of the Zoroasters. The rest of the world follows the Christian gospels.[20]
  2. The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.[21]
  3. Reading after a certain time diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into the lazy habits of thinking.[22]
  4. There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.[23]
  5. There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.[24]


~ Time Transfixed by Rene Magritte

[1] G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History, 1944.

[2] Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1890.

[3] Attributed to H. L. Mencken.

[4] Tracy Young, Vanity Fair, 1984.

[5] Attributed to Einstein.

[6] Attributed to George Bernard Shaw.

[7] Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892.

[8] Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911.

[9] Philip Guedalla, Supers and Supermen, 1968.

[10] George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House, 1919.

[11] Attributed to Leo Tolstoy.

[12] Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1890.

[13] Don Marquis, New York Sun.

[14] Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1890.

[15] Mark Twain, The Disappearance of Literature, 1900.

[16] Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891.

[17] Thomas Macaulay, 1800-59, English historian and politician.                  

[18] Attributed to Bertrand Russell.

[19] Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying, 1889.

[20] Attributed to Voltaire.

[21] Attributed to H. L. Mencken

[22] Attributed to Albert Einstein.

[23] Attributed to Oscar Wilde.

[24] Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British philosopher.

4 Responses to “@.@ The Philosophy of Freaks @.@ – Education and Educated Men”
  1. Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching – that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to.[19]

    Oh My GOD! That is soooooooooooooooooooo true.

    • Hi,

      Sadly its true. But on the flip side, I am fortunate enough to have some of the most dedicated teachers, lecturers, and mentors in my life. I will always be in their debt.

      To those that are not qualified, not dedicated, not passionate in teaching, please leave the education system. Do not make a mockery of a noble profession.

      ~ E

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