What Is Man without Education?

Japanese girl practicing calligraphy, circa 1890

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home a friend, abroad an introduction, in solitude a solace, and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

Joseph Addison, 1711

Photo: Japanese girl practicing calligraphy, c. 1890

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