Readers may be divided into four classes:
Sponges - who absorb all they read and return it nearly in the same state, only a little dirtied
Sand Glasses - who retain nothing, and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time
Strain Bags - who retain merely the dregs of what they read
Mogal Diamonds - equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1812)
'The mark of the immature man is that
he wants to die nobly for a cause,
while the mark of the mature man is that
he wants to live humbly for one.'
J.D.Salinger: 'Catcher in the Rye' (1945)
'It's never too late to have a happy childhood.'
Tom Robbins (1980)