A Quote by René Descartes on authors, books, conversation, good, men, past, reading, and study

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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A Quote by Daniel Goleman on authors, emotion, gifts, happiness, intelligence, life, practicality, psychology, and seriousness

"At last, psychology gets serious about glee, fun, and happiness. Martin Seligman has given us a gift--a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life."

~ Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence," commenting on "Authentic Happiness" by Martin Seligman

Daniel Goleman

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A Quote by Dan Millman on authors


To be authentic literally means to be your own author.

Dan Millman

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on anxiety, authors, books, familiarity, good, memory, quotations, study, and work

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Roving Commission: My Early Life [1930]

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on authors, books, and good

There is a good saying to the effect that when a new book appears one should read an old one. As as author I would not recommend too strict an adherence to this saying.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: A Churchill Reader, edited by Colin Coote

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A Quote by William Makepeace Thackeray on authors and familiarity

The two most engaging powers of an author are t' make new things familiar and familiar things new.

William Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

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A Quote by William Cowper on authors and reason

Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Hope

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A Quote by Virginia Woolf on authors, inventions, and time

Surely it was time someone invented a new plot, or that the author came out from the bushes.

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Source: Between the Acts, 1941

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A Quote by unknown on argument, authors, eternity, god, power, purpose, and soul

God does nothing vain. When He gives a power, it is for a purpose, it is that it may reach an end. Now what I argue is this: Since He has put in my soul a germ that can grow to eternity, He means that it shall grow to eternity. -Author Unknown


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A Quote by unknown on authors, newspapers, order, quotations, and wisdom

In order to carry any amount of weight, it seems that a quotation must be from an author of national or universal importance. Nevertheless, one often finds, hidden away in an obscure paragraph in a newspaper or magazine a gem of wisdom that deserves much greater prominence.


Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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