Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and elevated opinions.
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
No power and no treasure can outweigh the extension of our knowledge.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
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.
It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
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.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
All stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
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.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.