The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate.
The real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
There is no authority who decides what is a good idea.
It is better to know how to learn than to know.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
You can never learn less, you can only learn more.
Courage, conviction and confidence.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.