Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
When you know better you do better.
Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
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.
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
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.
A child miseducated is a child lost.