Better know nothing than half-know many things.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly.
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
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 prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
There is no authority who decides what is a good idea.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
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.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and elevated opinions.
Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.