Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Science is a rising force, It is creating a new world about us. It needs to be watched and pressed into service, and in any case, it would be courting disaster to ignore it.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you?re pierced.
The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Civilization is a race between disaster and education.
All stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
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.
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.