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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.