Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
The habit of reading is the only one I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade.
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
What is reading but silent conversation?
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
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.
Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.
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