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.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
The schools ain't what they used to be and never was.
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.
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.
It is better to know how to learn than to know.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
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.
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Many much-learned men have no intelligence.
The fullness of knowledge only comes through the awareness of ignorance.
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
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.
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge
Civilization is a race between disaster and education.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.