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The quote "if you think education is expensive, try ignorance" was probably originally written by Robert Orben, a comedy writer and speech writer for President Ford. It has been a favorite saying of Ann Landers since 1975, although she originally credited it to Derek Bok, the president of Harvard.
Landers, A. (1975, October 6). Naval operations not wise. The Montreal Gazette.
Quote Investigator. (2016, May 3). If you think education is expensive, try ignorance [weblog post]. Quote Investigator: Exploring the Origins of Quotations.