At least those with closed minds never have to worry about their brains gathering dust.
Attitude. The difference between winners and losers.
Attitude: the difference between squashing and being squashed.
Better smart than beautiful.
Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.
All that matters is love and work.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books.
Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Tune in, turn on, drop out.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Over the years, I've had suggestions from other teachers to offer what they callbalancein my courses, that I should give studentsthe other side.I'm never sure exactly what that means. After assigning students to read Gandhi I should have them also read Carl von Clausewitz? After Martin Luther King's essay against the Vietnam War, Colin Powell's memoir favoring the Persian Gulf War? After Justice William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall's views opposing the death penalty, George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein's favoring it? After a woman's account of her using a nonviolent defense against a rapist, the thwarted rapist's side?
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
Far from being the thief of time, procrastination is the king of it.
A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.
There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
I like to dress egos.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have.