There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it.
It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers.
I am no poet. I do not love words for the sake of words. I love words for what they can accomplish. Similarly, I am no arithmetician. Numbers that speak only of numbers are of little interest to me.