The first book I read was "Wizard's Firs Rule", Book 1 of the fantasy series The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. The lines I've listed below are some of the quotes from this book. I think these are worth reading over and over.
- Good Intentions, being kind, can encourage the lazy, and motivate sound minds to become indolent. The more help you give them, the more they need. As long as your kindness is open-ended, they never gain discipline, dignity, or self-reliance. Your kindness improvishes their humanity.
- The greatest harm can come from the best of intentions.
- People can be made to believe any lie, either because they want to believe it's true or because they are afraid it's true. (Wizard's first rule)