Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Many much-learned men have no intelligence.
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.
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.
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
To every action there is always an equal and opposite or contrary, reaction
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
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.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.