There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you?re pierced.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Courage, conviction and confidence.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
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 witty saying proves nothing.
Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Suddenly degrees aren't worth anything. Isn't that true? When I was a student, if you had a degree, you had a job. If you didn't have a job it's because you didn't want one. And I didn't want one, frankly.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap.
I think that kids have a greater capacity for processing things than we give them credit for.
It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them - not something they'd want now.