A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
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.
Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.
Books are the most wonderful friends in the world. When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more.
The man who reads everything is like the man who eats everything: he can digest nothing, and the penalty of crowding one's mind with other men's thoughts is to have no thoughts of one's own.
You are what you read.
Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.
A man only learns by two things; one is reading and the other is association with smarter people.
A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading.
The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library
Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy
Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
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.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them
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