The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
A witty saying proves nothing.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
The knowledge of all things is possible
It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.