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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.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
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.
The book you don't read won't help.
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.
The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
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.

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