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Quotes of the Day for 22 June 2001 – Education

School calendars end at different times in different places. I thought I was done with the school quotes, but another reader will be graduating from high school today and wanted quotes for the occasion. Okay, but this is the last set until fall! These five quotes all proclaim a single purpose of Education, but they each proclaim a different purpose. Pick one.

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The quotes:

The most valuable result of all education is to make you do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
     - Thomas Huxley

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
     - Will Durant

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
     - Sydney J. Harris

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
     - Bishop Mandell Creighton

Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
     - Sydney J. Harris

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