In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad. ~Arnold H. Glasgow
If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. ~Edgar Watson Howe
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics. ~Voltaire
My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. ~Louisa May Alcott
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
~Ambrose Bierce, Epigrams
Upon the whole, I am inclined to think that the far greater part, if not all, of those difficulties which have hitherto amused philosophers, and blocked up the way to knowledge, are entirely owing to our selves. That we have first raised a dust, and then complain, we cannot see.
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison.
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.
Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh.
~Judah Ibn Tibbon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry