“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.”
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”
“Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain.”
“A government of laws and not of men.”
"If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women."
"If we do not lawy out ourselves in the service of mankind who should we serve?"
"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."
"If particular cae and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."
"To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words."
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have it.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has inteded us to forgo their use.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threateded.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
-John F. Kennedy
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
“The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.”
-Robert F. Kennedy
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-William Butler Yeats
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.