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"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide."
"I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son."
"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyfull of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education."
"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."
"Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams."
"Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams."
"Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him."
"For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?"
"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
"Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature."