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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
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Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
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Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
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In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
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Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
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That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
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Beware of the person of one book.
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I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
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He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
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Everything in this book may be wrong. [The Savior's Manual]
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To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
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Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.
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Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
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Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.
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When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
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He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
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Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
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The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
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He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
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The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
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Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!
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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
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Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
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Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
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Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
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The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.
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Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
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All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
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When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
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I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
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Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
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Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
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The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.
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A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
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There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
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A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
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The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
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It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
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Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.
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Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, --where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!
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Books succeed, and lives fail.
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When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
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Read Homer once, and you can read no more. For all books else appear so mean, and so poor. Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, and Homer will be all the books you need.
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Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.
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In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.
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Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
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Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
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The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
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'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print; A book's a book, although there's nothing in it.
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The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.
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Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands two new approaches to the written word. First, it requires a new approach to orchestrating information, by skillfully choosing what to read and what to ignore. Second, it requires a new approach to integrating information, by reading faster and with greater comprehension.
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A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
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A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
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What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
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The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
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If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
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Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
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The novel can't compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who's had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.
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A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
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Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
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Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
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Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
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At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
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A good title is the title of a successful book.
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It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
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God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
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Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
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The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring
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Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
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Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.
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The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
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A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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A book is the only immortality.
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Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason: they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Those works, therefore, are the most valuable, that set our thinking faculties in the fullest operation. understand them.
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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.
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Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought -- asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
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Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
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Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
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A person of mature years and ripe development, who is expecting nothing from literature but the corroboration and renewal of past ideas, may find satisfaction in a lucidity so complete as to occasion no imaginative excitement, but young and ambitious students are not content with it. They seek the excitement because they are capable of the growth that it accompanies.
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I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.
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The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
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You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.
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The successful Accelerated Reader is able to read larger than normal blocks or bites of the printed page with each eye stop. He has accepted, without reservation, the philosophy that the most important benefit of reading is the gaining of information, ideas, mental picture and entertainment-not the fretting over words. He has come to the realization that words in and of themselves are for the most part insignificant.
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A good book is the very essence of a good man. His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.
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The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
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Next, in importance to books are their titles.
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If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.
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I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed -- and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.
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The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
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The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man nothing else that he builds ever lasts monuments fall; nations perish; civilization grow old and die out; new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on. Still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts, of the hearts of men centuries dead.
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Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
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There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
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He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.
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There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
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I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
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Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
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Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
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There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
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You will, I am sure, agree with me that... if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.
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Never judge a book by its movie.
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Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman other or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.
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The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.
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We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
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No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
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Never read any book that is not a year old.
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Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
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Books are the best of things if well used; if abused, among the worst. They are good for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.
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'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
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We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.
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Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
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When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
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When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.
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The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
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Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
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If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.
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We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.
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There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.
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Read in order to live.
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The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
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One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
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I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
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The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
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Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
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Read much, but not many books.
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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
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I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
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It does not follow because many books are written by persons born in America that there exists an American literature. Books which imitate or represent the thoughts and life of Europe do not constitute an American literature. Before such can exist, an original idea must animate this nation and fresh currents of life must call into life fresh thoughts along the shore.
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A book that is shut is but a block.
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Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
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When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.
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My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
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Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
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I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.
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As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
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The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.
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I read part of it all the way through.
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Learning to read has been reduced to a process of mastering a series of narrow, specific, hierarchical skills. Where armed-forces recruits learn the components of a rifle or the intricacies of close order drill by the numbers, recruits to reading learn its mechanics sound by sound and word by word.
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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
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I have read your book and much like it.
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Thank you for sending me a copy of your book -- I'll waste no time reading it.
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The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
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Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.
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In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
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If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
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The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.
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All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.
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Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
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The most foolish kind of a book is a kind of leaky boat on the sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.
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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
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The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
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Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
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My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.
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A book might be written on the injustice of the just.
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Books in a large university library system: 2, 000,000. Books in an average large city library: 1 0,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30, 000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20, 000.
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The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.
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This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
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It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
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It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.
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A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
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Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
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The newest books are those that never grow old.
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Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
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The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
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I cannot live without books.
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Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
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Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.
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Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
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A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
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Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
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You will be the same person in five as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
  View quote | Jones, Charles ''Tremendous'' quotes

There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
  View quote | Joubert, Joseph quotes

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
  View quote | Joubert, Joseph quotes

One man is as good as another until he has written a book.
  View quote | Jowett, Benjamin quotes

The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine -- but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.
  View quote | Keith, Sir Arthur quotes

Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
  View quote | Kempis, Thomas quotes

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is pleasure beyond compare.
  View quote | Kenko, Yoshida quotes

I am a part of everything that I have read.
  View quote | Kieran, John quotes

We ought to reverence books; to look on them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true, whether they are about religion, politics, farming, trade, law, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things -- the teacher of all truth.
  View quote | Kingsley, Charles quotes

Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead -- from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.
  View quote | Kingsley, Charles quotes

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
  View quote | Kirk, E.N. quotes

You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need.
  View quote | Kump, Peter quotes

He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
  View quote | Lamb, Charles quotes

Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
  View quote | Lamb, Charles quotes

I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
  View quote | Lamb, Charles quotes

What is reading, but silent conversation.
  View quote | Landor, Walter Savage quotes

After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be. Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience -- let him read someone else.
  View quote | Lawrence, D. H. quotes

One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them.
  View quote | Lawrence, D. H. quotes

I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
  View quote | Lawrence, D. H. quotes

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
  View quote | Leacock, Stephen B. quotes

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
  View quote | Lee, Harper quotes

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.
  View quote | Lee, Spike quotes

For a good book has this quality, that it is not merely a petrifaction of its author, but that once it has been tossed behind, like Deucalion's little stone, it acquires a separate and vivid life of its own.
  View quote | Lejeune, Caroline quotes

I feel like I'm drowning. Every night, I'm carrying home loads of things to read but I'm too exhausted. I keep clipping things and Xeroxing them and planning to read them eventually, but I just end up throwing it all away and feeling guilty.
  View quote | Levine, Ghita quotes

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
  View quote | Lichtenberg, Georg C. quotes

Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
  View quote | Lichtenberg, Georg C. quotes

A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
  View quote | Lichtenberg, Georg C. quotes

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
  View quote | Lichtenberg, Georg C. quotes

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
  View quote | Lincoln, Abraham quotes

Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
  View quote | Locke, John quotes

I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.
  View quote | Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth quotes

Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings --as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
  View quote | Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth quotes

All books are either dreams or swords.
  View quote | Lowell, Amy quotes

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
  View quote | Lowell, Amy quotes

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
  View quote | Lowell, James Russell quotes

What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
  View quote | Lowell, James Russell quotes

The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.
  View quote | Luther, Martin quotes

In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.
  View quote | Lytton, Lord Edward quotes

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
  View quote | Maclennan, Hugh quotes

Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
  View quote | Mallarme, Stephane quotes

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost always a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.
  View quote | Mann, Horace quotes

The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
  View quote | Mansfield, Katherine quotes

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
  View quote | Marcel, Anthony quotes

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
  View quote | Martineau, Harriet quotes

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
  View quote | Marx, Groucho quotes

I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
  View quote | Maugham, W. Somerset quotes

What is important is not to be able to read rapidly, but to be able to decide what not to read.
  View quote | Mccay, James T. quotes

The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
  View quote | Mccosh quotes

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
  View quote | McKenna, Richard quotes

A successful book cannot afford to be more than ten percent new.
  View quote | Mcluhan, Marshall quotes

The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
  View quote | Mencken, H. L. quotes

There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
  View quote | Mencken, H. L. quotes

There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.
  View quote | Mencken, H. L. quotes

A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.
  View quote | Millay, Edna St. Vincent quotes

This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will. I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing.
  View quote | Miller, Henry quotes

Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.
  View quote | Miller, Henry quotes

A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there -- that of the pulse, the heart beat.
  View quote | Miller, Henry quotes

All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet -- if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.
  View quote | Miller, Henry quotes

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.
  View quote | Milton, John quotes

A good book is the precious life-blood of the master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.
  View quote | Milton, John quotes

For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
  View quote | Milton, John quotes

Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason itself.
  View quote | Milton, John quotes

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a certain potency of life in them, to be as active as the soul whose progeny they are; they preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of the living intellect that bred them.
  View quote | Milton, John quotes

Books and marriage go ill together.
  View quote | Moliere quotes

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.
  View quote | Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley quotes

Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.
  View quote | Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De quotes

The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that ailment, whose property is to feed it.
  View quote | More, Hannah quotes

You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.
  View quote | Morely, John quotes

Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
  View quote | Morely, John quotes

A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
  View quote | Murray, William quotes

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
  View quote | Neruda, Pablo quotes

The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.
  View quote | Nietzsche, Friedrich quotes

Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!
  View quote | Nietzsche, Friedrich quotes

Read good, big important things.
  View quote | Noonan, Peggy quotes

The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
  View quote | Orwell, George quotes

This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.
  View quote | Parker, Dorothy quotes

The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
  View quote | Parker, Theodore quotes

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
  View quote | Pascal, Blaise quotes

Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
  View quote | Penn, William quotes

Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time ... but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.
  View quote | Peters, Thomas J. quotes

I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
  View quote | Phelps, William Lyon quotes

What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
  View quote | Phillips, Wendell quotes

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.
  View quote | Porter, Noah quotes

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
  View quote | Pound, Ezra quotes

No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
  View quote | Pound, Ezra quotes

With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
  View quote | Pound, Ezra quotes

A wicked book cannot repent.
  View quote | Proverb quotes

The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
  View quote | Proverb, American quotes

There is no robber worse than a bad book.
  View quote | Proverb, Italian quotes

This book fills a much-needed gap.
  View quote | Review., Hadas In A quotes

She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.
  View quote | Rhys, Jean quotes

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
  View quote | Rochman, Hazel quotes

Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.
  View quote | Rogers, Henry C. quotes

The book you don't read won't help.
  View quote | Rohn, Jim quotes

Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.
  View quote | Rohn, Jim quotes

Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
  View quote | Rohn, Jim quotes

Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.
  View quote | Rohn, Jim quotes

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
  View quote | Roosevelt, Eleanor quotes

Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents. This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favorites of the nursery.
  View quote | Rosenbach, A. S. W. quotes

Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.
  View quote | Rostand, Jean quotes

The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.
  View quote | Rostand, Jean quotes

In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
  View quote | Rosten, Leo quotes

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
  View quote | Rushdie, Salman quotes

The real risks for any artist are taken in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it --when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.
  View quote | Rushdie, Salman quotes

A book worth reading is worth buying.
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.
  View quote | Ruskin, John quotes

A library is thought in cold storage.
  View quote | Samuel, Herbert quotes

I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
  View quote | Sandwell, B. K. quotes

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, Lighthouses as the poet said erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
  View quote | Secondat, Charles de quotes

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
  View quote | Seferis, Giorgos quotes

O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.
  View quote | Shakespeare, William quotes

How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?
  View quote | Shaw, George Bernard quotes

Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick! Fling Peregrine Pickle under the toilette --throw Roderick Random into the closet --put The Innocent Adultery into The Whole Duty of Man; thrust Lord Aimworth under the sofa! cram Ovid behind the bolster; there --put The Man of Feeling into your pocket. Now for them.
  View quote | Sheridan, Richard Brinsley quotes

What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, moldering books.
  View quote | Sinyavsky, Andre quotes

Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
  View quote | Smith, Logan Pearsall quotes

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
  View quote | Smith, Logan Pearsall quotes

No furniture is so charming as books.
  View quote | Smith, Sydney quotes

Live always in the best company when you read.
  View quote | Smith, Sydney quotes

A multitude of books distracts the mind.
  View quote | Socrates quotes

Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
  View quote | Spielberg, Steven quotes

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.
  View quote | Steele, Sir Richard quotes

A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
  View quote | Steinbeck, John quotes

The age of the book is almost gone.
  View quote | Steiner, George quotes

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
  View quote | Stendhal, Henri B. quotes

Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, --you might as well take the book along with them; --one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; --he steps forth like a bridegroom, --bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.
  View quote | Sterne, Laurence quotes

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
  View quote | Sterne, Laurence quotes

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
  View quote | Stevenson, Robert Louis quotes

Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
  View quote | Stoller, Fred quotes

A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.
  View quote | Styron, William quotes

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.
  View quote | Swartz, J. quotes

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
  View quote | Temple, Sir William quotes

Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
  View quote | Temple, Sir William quotes

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
  View quote | Terry, Helen quotes

If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
  View quote | Thackeray, William M. quotes

To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object.
  View quote | Thoreau, Henry David quotes

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
  View quote | Thoreau, Henry David quotes

Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
  View quote | Thoreau, Henry David quotes

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution --such call I good books.
  View quote | Thoreau, Henry David quotes

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
  View quote | Thoreau, Henry David quotes

I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.
  View quote | Thurber, James quotes

The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.
  View quote | Tolstoy, Count Leo quotes

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
  View quote | Townsend, Atwood H. quotes

An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders.
  View quote | Traherne, Thomas quotes

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
  View quote | Trevelyan, G. M. quotes

Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
  View quote | Trollope, Anthony quotes

One half who graduate from college never read another book.
  View quote | True, Herbert quotes

There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
  View quote | Tsvetaeva, Marina quotes

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
  View quote | Tupper, Martin quotes

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

People are much more willing to lend you books than bookcases.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
  View quote | Unknown, Source quotes

Reading the Scriptures is an uplifting experience.
  View quote | Unknown, Source quotes

In any situation, ask yourself: What strengths do I possess that can contribute towards accomplishing something in this situation? Then follow through.
  View quote | Unknown, Source quotes

I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
  View quote | Unknown, Source quotes

Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
  View quote | Vaneigem, Raoul quotes

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
  View quote | Voltaire quotes

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
  View quote | Voltaire quotes

The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry; The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy; The books that people talk about we never can recall; And the books that people give us, oh, they're the worst of all.
  View quote | Wells, Carolyn quotes

Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
  View quote | Wesley, John quotes

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
  View quote | West, Jessamyn quotes

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
  View quote | Whipple, Edwin P. quotes

Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
  View quote | Whitman, Walt quotes

The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
  View quote | Whitman, Walt quotes

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
  View quote | Wilde, Oscar quotes

There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
  View quote | Wilde, Oscar quotes

Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
  View quote | Williams, Bert quotes

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
  View quote | Wolfe, Thomas quotes

Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?
  View quote | Woolf, Virginia quotes

Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
  View quote | Worsthorne, Sir Peregrine quotes

Choose an author as you choose a friend.
  View quote | Wren, Sir Christopher quotes

Thy books should, like thy friends, not many be, yet such wherein men may thy judgment see.
  View quote | Wycherley, William quotes

Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
  View quote | Zamyatin, Yevgeny quotes

To read too many books is harmful.
  View quote | Zedong, Mao quotes