Robert Hutchins Quotes

We do not know what education can do for us, because we have never tried it.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes, in the nature of the case, different points of view.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.
It has been said that we have not had the three R's in America, we had the six R's remedial readin', remedial 'ritin' and remedial 'rithmetic.
There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.
The most distressing aspect of the world into which you are going is its indifference to the basic issues, which now, as always, are moral issues.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
The policy of repression of ideas cannot work and never has worked.
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