Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.
Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.
The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.
Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving.
The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs.
Independent self people (would be) a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future [...] (where) people will be defined by their associations.
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.