The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated.
The object of education ought not to be to make all men think alike, but to make each think in the way which is the fullest expression of his own personality.
The difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time.[Allein wie soll man dem Volke beibringen, daß etwas zugleich wahr und nicht wahr sein könne?]
Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy for most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favor of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
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.
Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.