The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
Action not backed by knowledge and knowledge not translatable into action, both can not stand the test of time.
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.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
The secret of life is not enjoyment but education through experience.
It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
There is no authority who decides what is a good idea.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
I think that kids have a greater capacity for processing things than we give them credit for.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
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 idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.