The future is like heaven – everyone exalts it but no one wants to go there now.
If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
The paradox of education is precisely this, that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
Experience is a private, very largely speechless affair.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
Rage can only with difficulty, and never entirely, be brought under the domination of the intelligence, and therefore is not susceptible to any arguments whatsoever.
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
Anyone who had ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.