Quotes: Illiteracy, Illiterate, Uneducated

(just because we were born that way is no justification for staying in such a condition)

illiteracy (s) (noun), illiteracies (pl)
1. A lack of the ability to read and to write.
2. The state of not having any or enough education: Jim was told that the mistakes he makes in writing or speaking are the results his illiteracy.
illiterate (s) (noun), illiterates (pl)
1. Someone who is unable to read and and to write.
2. Anyone who has or demonstrates having very little or no education.


Functional illiteracy is the inability of an individual to use reading, writing or math skills in everyday life. while no one knows precisely how many Americans cannot read, many major agencies and programs that focus on the problem have estimated the number at more than 27 million. Illiteracy connects to all sorts of problems, ranging from poverty to relations with spouses and children to the simple inability to fill out a request for a fishing license.
—Alex Haley, Parade Magazine, September 2, 1990, pg. 28.

Someone has said that there is no such thing as functional illiteracy; because when a person is illiterate, he is not functional.
—Theodore Roosevelt

No one gives advice with more enthusiasm and less knowledge than an ignorant person and, too often, an educated person is someone who knows how to be ignorant "intelligently". It's all right to be ignorant about some things, but it's ridiculous to make a career of it.
—John Rayoa

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