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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.

I am what the librarians have made me with a little assistance from a professor of Greek and a few poets

I am what the librarians have made me...

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way.

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library

I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now only that place where the books are kept.

I like a thin book because it will steady a table...

I write to add to the beauty that now belongs to me

Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem.

If every country had to write a book about elephants...

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas...

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people .... but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people... but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea

If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he re-reads

In war there are no unwounded soldiers

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.

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