A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 23, 2013
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one”

"Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one” is a popular quotation that has been cited in print since at least 1988, when it was credited to magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes (1919-1980). The exact circumstances of the quotation are not known.


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Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
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Google Books
A New Age Guide for the Thoroughly Confused and the Absolutely Certain
By John Clancy; et al.
Eastsound, WA : Sweet Forever Pub.
1988
Pg. 61:
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” -Malcolm Forbes

13 May 1988, The Daily Globe (Ironwood, MI), pg. 11, col. 1:
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes

23 September 1988, St. Albans (VT) Messenger, pg. 6, col. 2:
“Education’s purpose is to replaced an empty mind with an open one.”—Malcolm S. Forbes

9 September 1990, The Herald & Review (Decatur, IL), “Pulse,” pg. C1:
WORDS OF WORTH: “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” — Malcolm Forbes, American publisher.

Google Books
Words of Wellness:
A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being

Edited by Joseph Sutton
Carson, CA: Hay House, Inc.
1991
Pg. ?:
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. —Malcolm S. Forbes

Google Books
The Best Advice Ever for Teachers
By Charles McGuire and Diana Abitz
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2001
Pg. 83:
The goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind. — MALCOLM FORBES (1919-1990), AMERICAN PUBLISHER OF FORBES MAGAZINE

Google Books
Quotable Quotes:
Wit and Wisdom from the Greatest Minds of Our Time

By Editors of Reader’s Digest
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2012
Pg. ?:
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. —MALCOLM FORBES

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, August 23, 2013 • Permalink