Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wit is brushwood; judgment timber; the one gives the greatest flame, and the other yields the most durable heat; and both meeting make the best fire.
From timber so crooked as that from which man is carved, nothing entirely straight can be made. - Immanuel Kant
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. - Pablo Neruda
From the crooked timber of humanity, a straight board cannot be hewn. - Immanuel Kant