Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.
I cannot live without books.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise.
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.