C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


I never knew any man cured of inattention.


In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits.

Robert Hall.

Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.


It is a way of calling a man a fool when no attention is given to what he says.


  • Lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold.
  • Shakespeare.

    It is difficult to instruct children because of their natural inattention; the true mode, of course, is to first make our modes interesting to them.


    Attention makes the genius; all learning, fancy, and science depend upon it. Newton traced back his discoveries to its unwearied employment. It builds bridges, opens new worlds, and heals diseases; without it taste is useless, and the beauties of literature are unobserved.