If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
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 nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
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.
The real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
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.
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.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.