Children learn to read by being in the presence of books.

It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.

The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. He cheats them! Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it.

If any man seeks greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Lost - yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.

Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.

Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever.

No man has the right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.

It is more difficult and it calls for higher energies of soul to live a martyr than to die one.

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.

Give me a house furnished with books rather than furniture! Both, if you can, but books at any rate!

Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.

Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery...It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.

The most ignorant are the most conceited.

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.

Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.

If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable.

The most important ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with other people.

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.