A man is known by the books he reads.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.
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.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.
In the highest civilization the book is still the highest delight.
There is no frigate like a book
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.
Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!
Books are the mirrors of the soul.
Love of books is the best of all.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
A house without books is like a room without windows.
Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your mattress,/And you shall sleep restful nights
If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.
It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.
While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed.
It is in books, poems, paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.
A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading.
If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.
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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