She had begun to read in the beginning as a protection from the frightening and unpleasant things. She continued because, apart from the story, literature brought with it a kind of gentility for which she craved.
― Patrick White (The Tree of Man)
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.