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.
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.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
Science is a rising force, It is creating a new world about us. It needs to be watched and pressed into service, and in any case, it would be courting disaster to ignore it.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Industrialize or perish.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
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.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.