Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
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.
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
It is better to know how to learn than to know.
All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
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.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.