Gilbert Keith ChestertonGilbert Keith Chesterton, (1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quote

“What is education? Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Whatever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow, consciously or unconsciously, and that transition may be called education. ... What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves.”

Gilbert Keith ChestertonGilbert Keith Chesterton
~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Illustrated London News, July 5, 1924

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

It existed here once.

Dougmcr8, Springfield, VA

..and if you live in perpetual fear of making value judgements [like America is great and {pick a repressive country from column A>D} is not] then you'll not have anything worth knowing or teaching your children anyway.

E Archer, NYC

Not too bad.


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