For self-educated scientists and thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Leonardo-da-Vinci, Michael Faraday, myself and many others, education is a relentless voyage of discovery. To us education is an everlasting quest for knowledge and wisdom.
Great achievement requires personal force, determined spirit and self-confidence.
Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.
The path of light is the quest for knowledge.
Every subject is much easier than the people who wish to make money teaching it would have you know. So, for every single subject that can be systematized, there is a systematization that allows you to get 80% percent of the power with probably 5 or 10% of the effort. So the key question is that you have to prove that you have the superpower to rearrange the subject, to disintermediate the people who get paid for teaching it – which will always push you towards mastery, which is a question of getting the last 2 or 3% out of the system. And so the good news is that you can rearrange any subject to learn most of it very, very quickly. The bad news is that it will feel terrible because you will be told that you are doing the wrong thing and dooming yourself to a life of mediocrity as a jack of many trades, master of none – but in fact, the problem is that the jack of one trade is the connector of none. Good luck!
Know who you are, know your mission and educate yourself in your mission field
In mathematics, in physics, people are concerned with what you say, not with your certification. But in order to speak about social reality, you must have the proper credentials, particularly if you depart from the accepted framework of thinking. Generally speaking, it seems fair to say that the richer the intellectual substance of a field, the less there is a concern for credentials, and the greater is concern for content.
All I have learned, I learned from books.
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.
Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.
No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.
When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.
If you are willing to be a self-learner, you will develop yourself.
Do not be afraid ask questions.
The nuisance of the intellectual sphere is the man who is so occupied in trying to educate others, that he has never had any time to educate himself
A person who is only educated by others is an uneducated person; without self-education, you will not be able to get an education in the strict sense of the word.