Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Carl Victor de Bonstetten

Swiss Author

"To speak well supposes a habit of attention which shows itself in the thought; by language we learn to think and above all to develop thought."

"If the memory is more flexible in childhood, it is more tenacious in mature age; if childhood has sometimes the memory of words, old age has that of things, which impress themselves according tot he clearness of the conception of the thought which we wish to retain."

"The habit of reflecting gives an inner life, which all that we see animates and embellishes. In this disposition of the soul everything becomes an object of thought."

"To resist with success the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study, and love."