The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, On America, p. 7, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).
On the value of education.)
I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
(Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. writer, lecturer. quoted in Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, vol. 1, pt. 4, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1884), repr. (1972).
reported to have been uttered at Emerson's table. Emerson wrote only this section: other sections of Memoirs are by William Henry Channing and James Freeman Clarke.)