"They basically said that if I didn't show up for school they'd mark me present, they wouldn't send the truant officer after me. At 16 I enrolled in something called continuing education. Once a month I'd go out to Jamaica, but I didn't take it seriously."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Dave Van Ronk on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Dave Van Ronk on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Dave Van Ronk on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Dave Van Ronk on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Dave Van Ronk on Oscar Wilde
"Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz."
"You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work."
"Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time."