Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us strength and nourishment.
—John Locke (via itsquoted)
Every year I learn how much I have yet to learn.
—Orson Welles (via itsquoted)
We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
—George Bernard Shaw (via itsquoted)
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
—Søren Kierkegaard (via itsquoted)
When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; but God is within, and your genius is within, –and what need have they of light to see what you are doing?
—Epictetus (via itsquoted)
This is our mission: to cast a ray of light and pass on.
—Maria Montessori (via itsquoted)
I hold it truth, with him who sings
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping–stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.
—Alfred Tennyson (via itsquoted)
If you want to work on your art, work on your life.
—Anton Chekhov (via itsquoted)
He who studies without passion will never become anything more than a pedant. We must approach knowledge from the inside; inspired by passion.
—Stefan Zweig (via itsquoted)