Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island...
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
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 book is a gift you can open again and again.
The book you don't read won't help.
The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.
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