When in some books you find counsels and precepts which may be of use to you in your every-day household occupations, you hasten to copy the recipe, and ever after you consult it.
Do this much for the guidance of your soul; preserve in your memory, or, better still, write down, the counsels and maxims which you hear or read; then consult, now and then, this collection, which will please you all the better as you yourself have gathered it together.
Books written by others fatigue us, sooner or later; we are never wearied by those written by ourselves.
This collection of thoughts will be your own; you have selected them because they pleased you. They form advice which you have given to yourself – moral recipes which you have discovered, and whose efficacy you most likely have proved. Happy is the soul which gathers a little every day.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889