We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.

— John of Salisbury

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Between a tyrant and a prince there is this single or chief difference, that the latter obeys the law and rules the people by its dictates, accounting himself as but their servant.


Let him who is not come to logic be plagued with continuous and everlasting filth


Accurate reading on a wide range of subjects makes the scholar;

careful selection of the better makes the saint.


The common people say, that physicians are the class of people who kill other men in the most polite and courteous manner.


Seeking is a necessary preliminary to finding, and one who cannot endure the hardship of inquiry cannot expect to harvest the fruit of knowledge.


Among all the liberal arts, the first is logic, and specifically that part of logic which gives initial instruction about words. ... [T]he word "logic" has a broad meaning, and is not restricted exclusively to the science of argumentative reasoning. [It includes] Grammar [which] is "the science of speaking and writing correctly-the starting point of all liberal studies."


Verily if with mine own eyes I had seen a priest of God, or any of those who wear the monastic garb, sinning, I would spread my cloak and hide him, that he might not be seen of any.


Just as the soul animates the body, so, in a way, meaning breathes life into a word.


A man is free in proportion to the measure of his virtues, and the extent to which he is free determines what his virtues can accomplish.


He who will not when he may, may not when he will.