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The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Live always in the best company when you read.
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.
O Lord, how many read the Word, and yet from vice are not deterred.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
There is no friend as loyal as a book
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
What is reading, but silent conversation.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
The covers of this book are too far apart.
You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
Never judge a book by its movie.
A book is the only immortality.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?
One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.
I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.
A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.
A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
No furniture is so charming as books.
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
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.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
I read part of it all the way through.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.
The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out.
Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.
Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book.
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
I read my eyes out and cant read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.
There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.

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