Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
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.
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.
Investigate, educate and organize.
Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
If you're teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.
Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate.
A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
The real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
There is no authority who decides what is a good idea.
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
A witty saying proves nothing.
When you know better you do better.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.