To read means to borrow; to create out of one s readings is paying off one's debts.
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.
Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author's mind, without offense.
The man who reads only for improvement is beyond the hope of much improvement before he begins.
We find little in a book but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things.
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Once upon a time' lasts forever.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
Reading well is one of the greatest pleasures that solitude can afford you.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.
I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.
Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.
We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Don't join the book burners!
Beware of the person of one book.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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