"A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."

"A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n."

"Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship."


"Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven."

"Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung."

"Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity."

"Deep-versed in books and shallow in himself."

"For liberty hath a sharp and double edge, fit only to be handled by just and virtuous men."

"For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted Plagiarè."

"For what can war, but endless war, still breed?"

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."

"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."

"He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts "Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon."

"He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well."

"He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself."

"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."

"I neither oblige the belief of other person, nor over hastily subscribe mine own."

"Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law."

"New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ Large."

"No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free."

"None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license."

"Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right."

"Peace hath her victories No less renowned than war."

"That good men may enjoy the freedom which they merit, and the bad the curb which they need."

"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."

"The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller."

"The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby."

"They also serve who only stand and wait."

"They who have put out the people’s eyes, reproach them of their blindness."

"Though we take from a covetous man all his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; you cannot bereave him of his covetousness."

"To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable."

"True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves."

"Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam."

"Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth."

"When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for."

"Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self."

"Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe."

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