“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ― Aristotle

A Letter To Vahan Teryan


Dear Hovhannes, you didn’t  come to  Etchmiadzin, you were afraid of a mosquito: how can a man be afraid of a tiny creature?

I could settle you in such a place that even the mosquito ‘s  brother with his nestlings could not enter.

I have nothing to say, do you want to go to Dilijan?  Great. Dont worry about the piano. The aim of our coming  will be to  complete the poem with actors and  songs. In a word we are going to compose the libretto.

And the other things, musical things, I’ll compose myself in Etchmiadzin,  there I have all  the conveniences in my room .

I will tell about my plans, when we meet. it’s very difficult to write  about music.  I am still busy till the end of the month,  and I have urgent things to do for the European newspapers. Then I am partially free. I have mads up my mind to spend this summer in Edchmiadzin,  but I’ll come to Dilijan for ten days to complete «Anush».

My lovely greetings to Princess Tumanyan, your kids, Don’t forget.

With kisses your Komitas



«Komitas  Days»  festival starts on September 26, the day Komitas was born 145 years ago.  It is impossible to overestimate the role and significance of Komitas in history of the Armenian musical culture. He is the founder of the Armenian classical music. Yet the historical role of Komitas is not confined to that of a great figure of Armenian music. Komitas has greatly contributed to the system of Armenian identity and self-awareness, as well.


No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete. ~G.K. Chesterton

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers. ~Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful, Ronald D. Fuchs, ed.

An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life. ~Author Unknown

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~G.M. Trevelyan

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. ~A.A. Milne

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. ~Abraham Flexner

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~Edward Everett

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who INSIST on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding. ~Ezra Pound, “The Instructor: II,” Chapter Eight, ABC of Reading, 1934

Education should be exercise; it has become massage. ~Martin H. Fischer

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~Victor Hugo

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog. ~Mark Twain

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~Will Durant

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? ~Erich Fromm

Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. ~Martin H. Fischer

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~William Haley

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education. ~Tallulah Bankhead

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana

You can get all A’s and still flunk life. ~Walker Percy

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living. ~Will Rogers

My parents told me, “Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.” I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.” ~Thomas L. Friedman

All the  learnin’ my father paid for was a bit o’ birch at one end and an alphabet at the other. ~George Eliot

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001, at the end of the European Year of Languages (2001), which had been jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. Its aim is to encourage language learning across Europe. This year our Educomplex was also invited to take part in  the celebration. Our impressions were unforgettable.

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