A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one - it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
The proper study of mankind is books.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
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Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.