"A good book is the purest essence of a human soul."

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."

"A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things."

"A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one."

"A poet without love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility."

"A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one."

"A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages."

"All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught."

"All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books."

"Clever men are good, but they are not the best."

"Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct."

"Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him."

"Every noble work is at first impossible."

"Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do."

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further."

"Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books."

"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."

"If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it."

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."

"Literature is the Thought of thinking Souls."

"Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light."

"Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world."

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."

"My books are friends that never fail me."

"My whinstone house my castle is— I have my own four walls."

"No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense."

"Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die."

"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."

"Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world."

"Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time."

"Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts."

"Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so."

"The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist."

"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none."

"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss."

"There is endless merit in a man's knowing when to have done."

"Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time."

"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books."

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