A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
When you know better you do better.
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
The fullness of knowledge only comes through the awareness of ignorance.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
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.
My weapon is literature