There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
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Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself.
Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village.
Seek not to be Rich, but Happy. The one lies in Bags, the other in Content: which Wealth can never give.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
That was Youth with its reckless exuberance when all things were possible pursued by Age where we are now, looking back at what we destroyed, what we tore away from that self who could do more, and its work that’s become my enemy because that’s what I can tell you about, that Youth who could do anything.