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.
To read means to borrow; to create out of one s readings is paying off one's debts.
The man who reads only for improvement is beyond the hope of much improvement before he begins.
Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author's mind, without offense.
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.
We find little in a book but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things.
Once upon a time' lasts forever.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
The book you don't read won't help.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
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.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends.
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.
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