Without adventure civilization is in full decay
We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
All practical teachers know that education is a patient process of mastery of details, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.
It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended
I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't
Religion is the last refuge of human savagery
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise
Common sense is genius in homespun.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
In all education the main cause of failure is staleness