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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:130
AUTHOR:Charles William Eliot (1834–1926)
QUOTATION:Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
ATTRIBUTION:CHARLES W. ELIOT, “The Happy Life,” The Durable Satisfactions of Life, p. 37 (1910, reprinted 1969).

  Eliot, president of Harvard, 1869–1909, first read this before Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, but it was later rewritten.
SUBJECTS:Books
WORKS:Charles William Eliot Collection
 
 
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