A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
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.
A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.
The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.
All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
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.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
A book that is shut is but a block.
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.
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
The proper study of mankind is books.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
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.
A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.
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.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
I read over a hundred books a year and have done so since I was fifteen years old, and every book I've read has taught me something.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
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