in prosperity prayers seem but a mere assemblage of words, until the day when misfortune comes to explain to the unhappy sufferer the sublime language by which he invokes the pity of Heaven!
"...There are the learned and the knowing. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other."
"But cannot one learn philosophy?"
"Philosophy is not to be learned; it is the combination of sciences acquired by the genius which applies them. Philosophy - it is the dazzling cloud on which Christ placed his foot to mount into the heavens."
- The Count of Monte Cristo