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Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth...

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare...

What makes a book great...

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign...

When all think alike, no one thinks very much

When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.

When I get a little money I buy books...

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time.

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.

Wherever they burn books, in the end will also burn human beings.

While there's life, there's hope.

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd rather have been talking

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