“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).