We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.[Tout ce que nous n’avons pas à notre naissance, et dont nous avons besoin étant grands, nous est donné par l’éducation.]
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Once the children have been educated to freedom of personality, and have come of age, they become recognised as persons in the eyes of the law.
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
It is one of the tragedies of the half-educated that they develop late, when they are already committed to some wrong way of life.