If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.
Better know nothing than half-know many things.
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
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.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
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.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and elevated opinions.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
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.
No power and no treasure can outweigh the extension of our knowledge.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.