869 – “The value of a liberal arts college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”

–Albert Einstein

Quote Number:  283

Source: “Einstein Sees Boston; Fails on Edison Test: Asked to Tell Speed of Sound He Refers Questioner to Text Books.” In New York Times. May 18, 1921. Pg 15.

Source Notes: There are several versions of this quote, but all have identical meaning. This is discussed further on Quote Investigator, Here.


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