Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
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- Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us — never cease to instruct — never cloy.
- Life isn’t like a book. Life isn’t logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
- Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is to be sold and the other to be buried.
- Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
- The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.
- It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.