We’re taking a break from talking about postconsumerism and the war against “buy, buy, buy” and “stuff, stuff, stuff” to relax and enjoy some nostalgia about back-to-school season. Yes, it’s a season where you need to be “on guard” about consumer messages and the media machine, but we also remember this time fondly. The weather was great, we were well rested from a summer of leisure and we were about to see all of our friends again. Sure, two months later we were missing the community pool and the back yard swing, but for a few weeks the excitement of back-to-school was palpable. We thought we’d just sit back and revel in that for a moment with some of our favorite back-to-school quotes!

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Abraham Lincoln

“It’s like going back to school. You know, autumn! Time for ‘Harry Potter’”. Robbie Coltraine

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” Mark Twain

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Kurt Vonnegut

“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” Woody Allen

“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.” Ronald Reagan

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” Edgar W. Howe

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” Bill Dodds

“As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.” Author Unknown

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” George Bernard Shaw

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein


“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” Edward Everett

“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.” Doug Larson

“I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver.  Then they would really be educated.” Al McGuire

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” Vince Lombardi

“You don’t appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life”  Emo Philips

“Let’s face it. No kid in high school feels as though they fit in.” Stephen King

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