| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Charles William Eliot (18341926)|
|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, 18691909, first read this before Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, but it was later rewritten.
|WORKS:||Charles William Eliot Collection|