"We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Donna Shalala on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Donna Shalala on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Donna Shalala 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."Donna Shalala 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."Donna Shalala on Oscar Wilde
"But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car."
"But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths."
"You can't have a university without having free speech, even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses, they're not going to hear them in America. I believe it's part of their education."
"Sex education has to do with what's in people's head."
"Higher education is one of few areas where this country competes with the rest of the world and wins. The best of American higher education outstrips any in the world. Look where the rest of the world goes for higher education, for graduate degrees. They come here."