To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.
Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves to the current view of the world and consecrate it.
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure
It (modern philosophy) certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism with which Christianity has been historically associated
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.
A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience
Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.