“To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.” – James Joyce

“While they were preparing the hemlock, Socrates was learning a song on the flute. ‘What good will it do you,’ they asked. ‘to know this tune before you die?'” – Emil Cioran

“In the whole matter only the lesson we learn has any value.” – John Steinbeck

“…there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“That was morality: things that made you disgusted afterwards.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.” – Marcus Aurelius

“He seemed to be a young man but he had a look of composed dissatisfaction as if he understood life thoroughly.” – Flannery O’Connor

“It is youth’s felicity as well as its insufficiency that it can never live in the present, but must always be measuring up the day against its own radiantly imagined future” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin

“There are three ways to prove something: evidence, logic, or citation.”
– Joshua Summers

“‘When you’re a child you’re the center of everything. Everything happens for you. Other people? They’re only ghosts furnished for you to talk to…'”
– John Steinbeck

“No, I think I have achieved something that I aimed for at a young age, which was to be a citizen of the world. The truth is I feel at home in France, in England, and in Spain. Wherever I am, as long as I can write, I feel at home.”
– Mario Vargas Llosa

“But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.” – James Joyce

“Odysseus doesn’t go home to stay, but to set off anew.”
– Bernhard Schlink