Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright: “The present education system is the trampling of the herd”

A neat new book that’s perfect for your pocket compiles over 200 of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s pithiest ponderings on different topics.  Maria Popova has posted a few of her favourites on the topic of education, with links to related presentations from Ken Robinson, Richard Feynman, William Gibson et al, including some of these gems:

“The present education system is the trampling of the herd.” (1956)

“Cultivate the poet. The poet is the unacknowledged legislator of this universe and the sooner we knock under to that the better. Get Emerson’s essay on the American scholar and read it once a year.” (1957)

“Culture is developed from within and education is to be groomed from without.” (1959)

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.”

“When anyone becomes an authority, that is the end of him as far as development is concerned.” (1948)

“An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.’” (1957)

“There is no real development without integrity, that is — a love of truth.” (1957)

“A man is wise for within … and from that within comes this quality of the human soul that we call wisdom.” (1954)

“The fresh mind sees with a seeing eye and is likely to see the truth.  But the more you are educated and the more you are conditioned, the less able you become to see straight.” (1956)

“ I wanted to be developed into an individual capable of honouring the profession I was in, not selling it down the river.” (1951)

“If you were to deduct Froebel, Goethe, Beethoven, and Nietzsche from my education, I should be very much the poorer.” (1955)

More in the little book, Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations.

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[Hat tip Friends of Kebyar and Prairie Mod]

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