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Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
I believe that it is my job not only to write books but to have them published. A book is like a child. You have to defend the life of a child.
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.
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.
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 do not hesitate to read all good books in translations. What is really best in any book is translatable -- any real insight or broad human sentiment.
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.
Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of eternity; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book -- what everyone else does not say in a book.
Read Homer once, and you can read no more. For all books else appear so mean, and so poor. Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, and Homer will be all the books you need.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.
In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out.
The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry; The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy; The books that people talk about we never can recall; And the books that people give us, oh, they're the worst of all.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.
Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
Learning why one great book is just like every other great book is the key to understanding literature
For the newspaper is in all literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct. It is the only serious book most people read. It is the only book they read every day.
If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.
Few are sufficiently sensible of the importance of that economy in reading which selects, almost exclusively, the very first order of books. Why, except for some special reason, read an inferior book, at the very time you might be reading one of the highest order?

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