Books are carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent,
literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a
The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot
read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new
discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny ..."
Nothing takes the past away like the future.
No scheme for a change of society can be made to appear immediately
palatable except by falsehood, until society has become so desperate
that it will accept any change.
All progress is gained through mistakes and their rectification. No good
comes fully fashioned out of God's hand, but has to be carried out
through repeated experiments and repeated failures by ourselves. This is
the law of individual growth. The same law controls social and political
evolution also. The right to err, which means the freedom to try
experiments, is the universal condition of all progress.
MAHATMA K. GANDHI
If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you
can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are
a victim of it.
Compiled by Jeremy Klein