Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought – asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.
I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.
I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
I heard the old, old, men say ‘all that’s beautiful drifts away, like the waters.’
I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
In dreams begins responsibility.
Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.
One should not lose one’s temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.