Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
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.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
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.
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.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
Investigate, educate and organize.
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.