Quotes on Education and Literacy from Presidents

“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens.” -President Clinton


“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” and  “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” -President Lincoln

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” – President L.B. Johnson

“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” -President Garfield

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” and “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” -President Kennedy

“Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy we’re living in today.” President Obama