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The gullible boy is probably repressed. (Cf. Freya Stark)

One of the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. (With Theodore M. Hesburgh)

We never know the agony of the parent till we become parents ourselves - and maybe not even then. (Cf. Henry W. Beecher)

Try to ignore that kids nowadays look brutish and persuade themselves that it is normal.


By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. (Edmund Burke)



Every one is the son of his own works in some sense. (With Miguel De Cervantes)

It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity. (Mahatma Gandhi)

One quality worse than hardness of heart: softness of head. (With Theodore Roosevelt)

We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have. (Francois De La Rochefoucauld)



The belief that there are races all of whose members are foredoomed to eternal inferiority, happens to be a myth. (With Franz Boas)


To be vain of one's rank or place, is to show that one is below it. (Stanislas I)


A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. (Mark Twain)

Education. . . has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals. (G. M. Trevelyan)

I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget. (William Lyon Phelps)

Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world. (William Penn)

Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable. (Jean Rostand)

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. (Francis Bacon)

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. (Henry David Thoreau)

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. (Mortimer J. Adler)

To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. (Henry David Thoreau)

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep. (With Tryon Edwards)


Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest. (Mark Twain)

The right to be heard does not include the right to be taken seriously. (Hubert H. Humphrey)


A big jump might help if can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. (With William Lloyd George)

Some desired objects and other things come with a risk of getting robbed.



Scandal seems to be what one half of the world takes pleasure in venting, as if brightened by people's miseries. (Cf. Paul Chatfield)



Tact at times amounts to stipulating how far to go too far. (With Jean Cocteau)

Without good and savoury tact your learning process can get blocked. (Cf. Benjamin Disraeli)

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorises you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)


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