Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. – John Milton from the tract “Areopagitica.”

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther. – J.P. Morgan

The history of failure in war, or in any other human endeavor, can be summed up in two words: “too late.” – General Douglas MacArthur

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. ― Albert Camus

Ah, boys, boys, You can make up your own minds but first stock them. Are you listening to me? Stock your minds and you can move through the world resplendent.

– Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes quoting Hoppy O’Halloran, master at Leamy National School.

Angela's Ashes (Scribner), p. 288