Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
If you're teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you?re pierced.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
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.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
The secret of life is not enjoyment but education through experience.
Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.