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Beware the man of one book

Books are the carriers of civilization

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home: but unlike charity, it should end there.

Chance favors only the prepared mind

Chance favors the prepared mind

Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today.

Choose an author as you would a friend.

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes

Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

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Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Don't join the book burners...

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

Every good journalist has a novel in him - which is an excellent place for it.

Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.

Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think the university stifles writers...

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success

From the moment I picked your book up...

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.

Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil...

Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Harvard is the storehouse of knowledge because the freshmen bring so much in and the graduates take so little out.

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Hell hath no fury.... like a woman scorned

I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

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