John Adams Quote
But before any great things are accomplished, a memorable change must be made in the system of Education and knowledge must become so general as to raise the lower ranks of Society nearer to the higher. The Education of a Nation, instead of being confined to a few schools & Universities, for the instruction of the few, must become the National Care and expence, for the information of the Many.
Papers of John Adams, Volume 18: December 1785 - January 1787 (ed. Harvard University Press, 2016) - ISBN: 9780674545076