The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
Ideas are the roots of creation.
Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.
Reading, to most people, means an ashamed way of killing time disguised under a dignified name
You can believe in God without believing in immortality, but it is hard to see how anyone can believe in immortality and not believe in God.
Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.
Whatever we read from intense curiosity gives us a model of how we should always read.
Mankind might be divided between multitude who hate to be kept waiting because they get bored and the happy few who rather like it because it gives them time for thought.
Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.
Do not read good books-life is too short for that-read only the best.
A school is a place through which you have to pass before entering life, but where the teaching proper does not prepare you for life.
Learn to attack things frontally but according to the most scientific methods.
Every now and then we discover in the seething mass of humanity round us a person who does not seem to need anybody else, and the contrast with ourselves is stinging.
The object of reflection is invariably the discovery of something satisfying to the mind which was not there at the beginning of the search.
Ideas are the root of creation.
Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions.
A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers.
Prejudices subsist in people's imagination long after they have been destroyed by their experience.
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
Whatever we read from intense curiosity gives us the model of how we should always read. Plodding along page after page with an equal attention to each word results in attention to mere words.
Most people suspend their judgment till somebody else has expressed his own and then they repeat it.
We all more or less consciously note this. We cannot help observing that all serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Many men absorbed in business show such a rare quality of culture that we are surprised at it. The reason invariably is partly because hard work and even the weariness it leaves carry a nobility with them, but also because there is no room in such lives for inferior mental occupation.
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