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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.
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.
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.