When private men shall act with original views, the lustre will be transferred from the actions of kings to those of gentlemen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I read a good book, I wish my life were three thousand years long.
What will you have? quoth God; pay for it, and take it.
When I came at last to Rome, and saw with eyes the pictures, I found that genius left to novices the gay and fantastic and ostentatious, and itself pierce directly to the simple and true; that it was familiar and sincere; that it was the old, eternal fact I had met already in so many forms, --- unto which I lived.
What's a book? Everything or nothing. The eye that sees it all.
What you are comes to you.