Posted by Smokey Stover on October 17, 2006
In Reply to: Re: Buy them books, send them to school posted by ESC on October 11, 2006
: : where did the phrase "buy them books, send them to school, all they do is eat the pages" come from?
: Probably from the same witty professor who told a class: the only reason you go to the library is to destroy books.
A number of people, mostly political conservatives, many of whom are also religious conservatives, have quoted this saying, often exactly as Riverbrat has reported it, on various bulletin boards sampled by Google. Sometimes the last phrase is replaced by something else also noting the lack of gratitude by those being given, e.g., an education. To say more than that would be to guess.