When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
- Michel de Montaigne
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
The maxims of men disclose their hearts.
- French Proverb
To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones.
- Nicholas Charles Trublet
A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time.
- Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle
ON LIBRARIES or BOOKS:
No possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library to the lover of books.
~J. A. Langford
Me, poor man, my library
Was dukedom large enough.
~William Shakespeare, The Tempest
How still and peaceful is a Library! It seems quiet as the grave, tranquil as heaven, a cool collection of the thoughts of the men of all times. And yet, approach and open the pages, and you find them full of dissension and disputes, alive with abuse and detraction— a huge, many-volumed satire upon man, written by himself. . . . What a broad thing is a library — all shades of opinion reflected on its catholic bosom, as the sunbeams and shadows of a summer's day upon the ample mirror of a lake.
Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
~Theodore T. Hunger
We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
~Solomon Ibn Gabriol
Years teach us more than books.