The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think
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.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
If you're teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.
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.
Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
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.