Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
What's the world's greatest lie?... It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
I think that we're all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better - and maybe not all that much better after all.
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways--either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.
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