I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not bad... it looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults, even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may have perhaps some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor house.
How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends.
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.
Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.
Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.