I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
You can lead a boy to college but you can't make him think.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
Henry Ward Beecher
I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls. From out the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed earth and the tracery of the stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension. So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the Veil. Is this the life you grudge us, O knightly America? Is this the life you long to change into the dull red hideousness of Georgia? Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
W. E. B. DuBois
The Souls of the Black Folk
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends... they are the most accessible and the wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926)
The Happy Life (1896)
Human motivation occurs when folks think themselves competent, to gain or keep things thought valuable, by methods thought efficient.
Edward D. Thompson
Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don't know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.