The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing --to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
— John Keats

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
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Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
— Cavett Robert

My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
— Walter Savage Landor

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.
— selective quotation by William C. Bryant