To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There can be no excess to love; none to knowledge; none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.
I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.