We have all known those in life and in cinema who were naturally fools, deliberate fools, and fools by default. Napoleon Dynamite is a funny movie. My husband and children and I have had our share of laughs at some of the lines and situations in this movie. It is only the fact that it is a movie that makes it tolerable, however. This movie is full of fools. There is no mom or dad in most of the situations, there is little any worthwhile endeavor by anyone (except by the farmer), and no one seems to be able to think beyond the end of their nose. The most I see people like that in real life, are in the sad reports on the nightly news. The following are some ideas on the importance of education and the rewards of a life spent in serious contemplation about deep and lasting subjects and endeavors.
*Genius without education is like silver in the mine – Benjamin Franklin
*Literature is the immortality of speech – August Wilhelm von Schlagel
*Great literature is simply language with meaning to the utmost possible degree – Ezra Pound
*No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting – Mary Whortley Montagu
*Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life – Mortimer J. Adler
*Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – Joseph Addison
*One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know – John Kenneth Galbraith
*Whatever I did not know, I was not ashamed to inquire about; so I gained knowledge – Anon.
* Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all – Henry David Thoreau
*Only the educated are free – Epictetus
*Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance – Will Durrant
*The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them – Mark Twain
*Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive, easy to govern, but impossible to enslave – Henry Peter Brougham
*Whom, then do I call educated? First, those who control circumstances instead of being mastered by them; those who meet all occasions manfully and act in accordance with intelligent thinking; those who are honorable in all dealings, who treat good-naturedly persons and things that are disagreeable; and furthermore, those who hold their pleasure under control and are not overcome by misfortune; finally, those who are not spoiled by success – Socrates
*Be everything you are – READ – Anon.
*Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army – Edward Everett