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Quote of the Day: “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”

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There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

While often attributed to John Adams, including by “The 10 Most Inspiring Education Quotes of All Time” web page, the quote is actually from James Truslow Adams, from the To “Be” or to “DO” Forum, Jun 1929; VOL. LXXXI, NO. 6, in which he wrote:

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. Surely these should never be confused in the mind of any man who has the slightest inkling of what culture is. For most of us it is essential that we should make a living…In the complications of modern life and with our increased accumulation of knowledge, it doubtless helps greatly to compress some years of experience into far fewer years by studying for a particular trace or profession in an institution; but that fact should not blind us to another—namely, that in so doing we are learning a trade or a profession, but are not getting a liberal education as human beings.

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November 18th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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