The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.