The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Through machinery, man can exert tremendous powers almost as fantastic as if he were the hero of a fairy tale. Through machinery, man can travel with an ever increasing velocity; he can fly through the air and go beneath the surface of the ocean.
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
Many people must have noticed the intense attention given by children to the conversation of grown-ups when they cannot possibly be understanding a word of what they hear. They are trying to get hold of words, and they often demonstrate this fact by repeating joyously some word which they have been able to grasp.
Woman was always the custodian of human sentiment, morality and honour, and in these respects, man always has yielded woman the palm.
It is true that men themselves made this world of nations… but this world without doubt has issued from a mind often diverse, at times quite contrary, and always superior to the particular ends that men had proposed to themselves.
The chains that bind us the most closely are the ones we have broken.
Innumerable spirits and souls, when spread out through the same space, do not interfere with each other such that the diffusion of one would affect the diffusion of an infinity of others.
With man, the life of the body depends on the life of the spirit.