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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.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
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.
Beware of the person of one book.
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.
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 pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
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.
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.
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.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Books succeed, and lives fail.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.
This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.
I cannot live without books.
Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Never judge a book by its movie.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.
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.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, Lighthouses as the poet said erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
A book worth reading is worth buying.
Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there -- that of the pulse, the heart beat.
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.
What is reading, but silent conversation.
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
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.
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.
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.
What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
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.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
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.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
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.
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. 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.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, --where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.
Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.
The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.
There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
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.
A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost always a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.
A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
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.
Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.
When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
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.
No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.
A book is the only immortality.
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
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.
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 best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
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.
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.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
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.
Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution --such call I good books.
A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.
A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
Live always in the best company when you read.
No furniture is so charming as books.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
The book you don't read won't help.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.
Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!
A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason itself.
Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.
This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will. I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing.
The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.
For a good book has this quality, that it is not merely a petrifaction of its author, but that once it has been tossed behind, like Deucalion's little stone, it acquires a separate and vivid life of its own.
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 worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
Books in a large university library system: 2, 000,000. Books in an average large city library: 1 0,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30, 000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20, 000.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
A book that is shut is but a block.
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.
Read much, but not many books.
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
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.
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
Books should to one of these four ends conduce, For wisdom, piety, delight, or use
The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason: they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Those works, therefore, are the most valuable, that set our thinking faculties in the fullest operation. understand them.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.
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.
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.
Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
To read too many books is dangerous.
The most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.
To read too many books is harmful.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
Choose an author as you choose a friend.
Thy books should, like thy friends, not many be, yet such wherein men may thy judgment see.
Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
In any situation, ask yourself: What strengths do I possess that can contribute towards accomplishing something in this situation? Then follow through.
Reading the Scriptures is an uplifting experience.
A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.
People are much more willing to lend you books than bookcases.
One half who graduate from college never read another book.
Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders.
The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.
I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.
To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, --you might as well take the book along with them; --one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; --he steps forth like a bridegroom, --bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.
The age of the book is almost gone.
A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
A multitude of books distracts the mind.
Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, moldering books.
Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick! Fling Peregrine Pickle under the toilette --throw Roderick Random into the closet --put The Innocent Adultery into The Whole Duty of Man; thrust Lord Aimworth under the sofa! cram Ovid behind the bolster; there --put The Man of Feeling into your pocket. Now for them.
How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?
O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.
I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
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.
Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
A library is thought in cold storage.
To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.
How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
The real risks for any artist are taken in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it --when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.
Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.
Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents. This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favorites of the nursery.
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.
She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.
This book fills a much-needed gap.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
There is no robber worse than a bad book.
A wicked book cannot repent.
With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time ... but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.
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.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Read good, big important things.
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 constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that ailment, whose property is to feed it.
Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.
Books and marriage go ill together.
Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a certain potency of life in them, to be as active as the soul whose progeny they are; they preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of the living intellect that bred them.
A good book is the precious life-blood of the master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.
For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.
All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet -- if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.
A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.
There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.
A successful book cannot afford to be more than ten percent new.
What is important is not to be able to read rapidly, but to be able to decide what not to read.