Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you?re pierced.
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.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Civilization is a race between disaster and education.
Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.
You can never learn less, you can only learn more.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean.
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.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
The real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
The fullness of knowledge only comes through the awareness of ignorance.
Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.