Fukuzawa Yukichi Quotes (6 quotes)
“It is said that heaven does not create one man above or below another man. Any existing distinction between the wise and the stupid, between the rich and the poor, comes down to a matter of education.”
Gakumon no Susume [An Encouragement of Learning] (1872-1876)
“Therefore, to teach them at least an outline of economics and law is the first requirement after giving them a general education. Figuratively speaking, it will be like providing the women of civilized society with a pocket dagger for self-protection.”
From Fukuzawa Yukichi on Japanese Women (1988), trans. Kiyooka Eiichi
“Whatever happens in the country, whatever warfare harasses our land, we will never relinquish our hold on Western learning. As long as this school of ours stands, Japan remains a civilized nation of the world.”
The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi (1897)
Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected (1991)
“The trouble with the contemporary generation is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting.”
Ideas have Consequences (1948)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFukuzawa Yukichi
Born: January 10, 1835
Died: February 3, 1901 (aged 66)
Bio: Fukuzawa Yukichi was a Japanese author, Enlightenment writer, teacher, translator, entrepreneur and journalist who founded Keio-Gijuku University, the newspaper Jiji-Shinpo and the Institute for Study of Infectious Diseases. His ideas about government and social institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the Meiji Era.