It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.
Imagination is vastly more important than intelligence.
When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people.
Education is not received. It is achieved.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
I do not much believe in education. Each person ought to be his or her own model, however frightful that may be.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
The problems that exist in this world cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.
All that’s different about me is that I still ask the questions most people stopped asking at age five.
If someone feels that he has never made a mistake in his life, it only means that he has never tried anything new in his life.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
The only rational way of educating is to be an example. If one can’t help it, a warning example.
There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks.
I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of a sudden a thought occurred to me: “If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight.” I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
We must begin to inculcate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism. Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal it’s horror. I would teach peace rather than war.
Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Try first to be a man of value; success will follow.
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.
The most valuable thing a teacher can impart to children is not knowledge and understanding per se but a longing for knowledge and understanding, and an appreciation for intellectual values, whether they be artistic, scientific, or moral. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.