Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Dewey (18591952)
Modern life means democracy, democracy means freeing intelligence for independent effectivenessthe emancipation of mind as an individual organ to do its own work. We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos.
JOHN DEWEY, Democracy in Education, John Dewey, The Middle Works, 18991924, ed. Jo Ann Boydston, vol. 3, p. 229 (1977). First published in The Elementary School Teacher, December 1903.