The crossroads of trade are the meeting place of ideas, the attrition ground of rival customs and beliefs; diversities beget conflict, comparison, thought; superstitions cancel one another, and reason begins.
Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Destroy it. There may be a redistribution of the land, but the natural inequality of men soon re-creates an inequality of possessions and privileges, and raises to power a new minority with essentially the same instincts as the old.
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.