We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion.
I need a teacher quite as much as Helen. I know the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it.
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.
The mind is not a hermit’s cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.
Decades of futile effort have not dampened my bold aspirations to save the nation. Born in a late age, I have not been able to witness the golden rule of Yao and Shun and other sage emperors of ancient China. Instead, my heart grieves at the suffering of the Chinese people under the cruel exploitation of the Tartar Slaves.
A strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.
There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.
I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.
We shall establish an united Chinese Republic in order that all the peoples – Manchus, Mongols, Tibetans, Tartars, and Chinese – should constitute a single powerful nation.