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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.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
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.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.