Illiteracy Quotes

Quotes tagged as "illiteracy" (showing 1-30 of 41)
Joseph Brodsky
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Joseph Brodsky

Thomas Jefferson
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
Thomas Jefferson

A.A. Milne
“To the uneducated an A is just three sticks.”
A.A. Milne, The World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Bertolt Brecht
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
Bertolt Brecht

Benjamin Franklin
“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.”
Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Aquinas
“Beware the man of a single book.”
Thomas Aquinas

“Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.”
Peter S. Jennison

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“School made us 'literate' but did not teach us to read for pleasure.”
Ambeth R. Ocampo

Elbert Hubbard
“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
Elbert Hubbard

Nicole Peeler
“I blinked at her, suddenly loathing her to the depths of my soul. Not only was she probably rather evil, and definitely thoroughly unpleasant, but she also didn't read.”
Nicole Peeler

Alberto Manguel
“As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Eve Ensler
“I want to read
so I can read the Koran
read the signs in the street
know the number of the bus
I'm supposed to take
when I one day leave this house.”
Eve Ensler, I am an Emotional Creature

Alaa Al Aswany
“Illiteracy does not impede the practice of democracy, as witnessed by the success of democracy in India despite the high illiteracy rate. One doesn't need a university diploma to realize that the ruler is oppressive and corrupt. On the other hand, to eradicate illiteracy requires that we elect a fair and efficient political regime.”
Alaa Al Aswany, شيكاجو

Toba Beta
“Ignorance is a knowledge illiteracy.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“70 out of 100 people in the world cannot read... if you can read then you are the luckiest out of 2 million people in the world that cannot.”
Call Bain

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The smallest world on earth is that which is created by a closed mind.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“Illiteracy is the innability of a person to learn. It is not all about the innability to read or write as the middle class regards it.”
Paul Bamikole

“Illiteracy breeds more ignorance than you can ever begin to imagine.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

T.K. Naliaka
“The French word 'Alphabétisme' may be a better term to remind us that literacy is simply about mastering the reading, writing and articulation of the alphabet, considered historically as a human 'invention' to produce a standardized and retrievable physical record of speech.”
T.K. Naliaka

Guy Davenport
“Olson's Maximus and Zukofsky's 'A' are too symbolically and verbally complex, respectively, to command large audiences especially in an age when a college degree is becoming a certificate of illiteracy.”
Guy Davenport

Willa Cather
“Ah, he thought, for one who cannot read--or think--the Image, the physical form of Love!”
Willa Cather

“We must eradicate ignorance and illiteracy from our nations and continent to the nearest minimum for us to have a national development.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

Chris Hedges
“More than the divides of race, class, or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, our culture has been carved up into radically distinct, unbridgeable, and antagonistic entities that no longer speak the same language and cannot communicate. This is the divide between a literate, marginalized minority and those who have been consumed by an illiterate mass culture.”
Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

“Illiteracy breeds more ignorance than you can ever imagine.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“Illiteracy is simply the inability to read and write.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“Illiteracy is the number one promoter of ignorance.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“Fight against illiteracy.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

Trevor Noah
“The world has been taught to be scared of him, but the reality is that he is scared of the world because he has none of the tools necessary to cope with it.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Bernhard Schlink
“Illiteracy is dependence. By finding the courage to learn to read and write, Hanna had advanced from dependence to independence, a step towards liberation.
الأمية هي التبعية ، وبعثورها على الشجاعة لتعلم القراءة والكتابة ،تقدمًت "هانا" من التبعية إلى الاستقلال ، وهي خطوة ناحية التحرر.”
Bernhard Schlink

“Two kinds of illiterates: one can't read; the other can't do anything else.”
Marty Rubin

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