The Ultimate Victory of Tomorrow is Democracy with Education

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“There may be times when men and women in the turmoil of change lose touch with the civilized gains of centuries of educa­tion: but the gains of education are never really lost. Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for free­dom, lives in the hearts of humble men and women. The ulti­mate victory of tomorrow is with democracy, and through de­mocracy with education, for no people in all the world can be kept eternally ignorant or eternally enslaved.”

From President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address, titled “If the Fires of Freedom and Civil Liberties Burn Low in Other Lands, They Must be Made Brighter in Our Own,” delivered to the National Education Association on June 30, 1938. The address in included in the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Franklin D. Roosevelt (Volume 7).


2 responses to “The Ultimate Victory of Tomorrow is Democracy with Education

  • Christine Betts

    beautiful and powerful words. I’ve just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 again. I think Mr Bradbury had heard these words!

    • Alexander Atkins

      Hi Christine: It always amazes me that words written decades ago are more relevant today than when they were written. Fahrenheit 451 and Orwell’s 1984, which seemed so farfetched back in their time, appear to be a case of life imitating art these days. Frightening on so many levels. The antidote is a curious and critical mind that values the truth. Cheers. Alex

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