The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.