One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.

There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. [It is] when they are in love and reading a love letter.

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.

Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.

You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

Ask others about themselves, at the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.