I HAVE just been gifted with a book titled “Leaves of Gold,” an anthology of memorable quotes. The thoughts are golden, if you will, even if the book is old. But you see, there’s a reason for the expression “oldie goldie.” “Leaves of Gold” reminds me of such as well as introduces much that is new to me.

Take a Persian proverb: “He that knows not, And knows not that he knows not, Is a fool – shun him. He that knows not, And know that he knows not, Is a child – teach him. He who knows, And knows not that he knows, Is asleep – wake him. He who knows, And knows that he knows, Is wise – follow him.” Given all the political maneuvering going on nationally, we the voters would be wise to heed this wealth of advice in 12 succinct lines. Given any organization even, leaders should come from those who know and know that they know and lead with what they know, so those they lead are in the know.

Take too the lines from Charles Kingsley: “The men who I have seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful and hopeful men, who went about their business with a smile on their faces, and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men, facing rough and smooth alike as it came.” Indeed, it is constancy of character that makes the man. And woman.

I also find the more familiar quotable quotes. “The only way to have a friend is to be one,” from Emerson. “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home,” by Goethe. And “Be content with your surroundings but not with yourself till you have made the most of them,” which exists in various versions everywhere.

Some weeks, I find it best to hearken back to leaves of gold written through time, golden still, as they will always be, with words that speak for me.