No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.
~ L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
I don't think everyone knows that the Wizard of Oz books, though set in Kansas, stemmed from Baum's years as a journalist in South Dakota.
My father (whose 115th birthday was yesterday) often said something similar, that the Nazis took away his family, his country, his language, but the one thing they couldn't take was his education. So, he would conclude, always get a good education!