Your library is your portrait.
No man is ever old enough to know better.
Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing.
Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.
Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest of cowardice.
A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with “a sort of greedy enjoyment,” as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was “saturated with the bouquet of silence”.
The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.
Happiness is a form of courage.
Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.
Patience has its limits, take it too far and it’s cowardice.
Only one-fourth of the sorrow in each man’s life is caused by outside uncontrollable elements, the rest is self-imposed by failing to analyze and act with calmness.
Topics: Sorrow, Sadness
Intuition is reason in a hurry.
The poor are the only consistent altruists; they sell all they have and give it to the rich.
A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement.
We are more inclined to regret our virtues than our vices; but only the very honest will admit this.
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