It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
All laws are an attempt to domesticate the natural ferocity of the species.
Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.
The cynic says, ‘One man can’t do anything.’ I say, ‘Only one man can do anything.’
The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.
The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions.
I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.