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Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain. - Samuel Johnson

No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. - Pythagoras

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. - Alfred North Whitehead

How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions? (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792) - Mary Wollstonecraft

Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. - Confucius

Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, thought for, and, more that all, must be prayed for. - Thomas Arnold

I wish there were some cure, like the lover's leap, for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession. - Samuel Johnson

Adherent: A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce