Stealing someone else’s words frequently spares the embarrassment of eating your own.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book.
A collection of rare thoughts is nothing less than a cabinet of intellectual gems.
William B. Sprague
Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Good sayings are like pearls strung together.
A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.
Better one line that will survive the author than a hundred books outlived.
Proverbs are the cream of a nation’s thought.
There is not less wit, not less invention, in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that book.
A proverb is much matter decocted into few words.
A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Good maxims are the germs of all excellence; when firmly fixed on the memory, they nourish the will.
Why aren’t more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books aren’t within everybody’s reach.
S. T. Coleridge
Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
It is delightful to transport one’s self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what glorious height we have at last reached.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Know the great men of your age.
A thing is never too often repeated which is never sufficiently learned.
Time is of of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their authors’ minds ages ago.
The diamond may adorn royalty, regardless of personal worth; but jewels of thought render even poverty illustrious and sublime.
Gems for the Fireside
Proverbs may be said to be the abridgment of wisdom.
There is only one categorical imperative: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law.
A proverb is much light condensed in one flash.
Human success is a quotation from overhead.
Charles H. Parkhurst
There is as much ingenuity in making an felicitous application of an passage as in being the author of it.
Few maxims are true from every point of view.
Marquis de Lac de Clapiers Vauvenargue
A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time.
Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle
Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.
Sir J. Mackintosh
A proverb is a wise saying, old yet radiant with novelty.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind, than in the one where they sprung up.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Always have a book at hand, in the parlor, on the table, for the family; a book of condensed thought and striking anecdote, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms. It will impress on your own mind a thousand valuable suggestions, and teach your children a thousand lessons of truth and duty. Such a book is a casket of jewels for your housebold.