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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
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.
Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.
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?
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.
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.
All books are either dreams or swords.
Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.