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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.
Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.
What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings --as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.
A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
I feel like I'm drowning. Every night, I'm carrying home loads of things to read but I'm too exhausted. I keep clipping things and Xeroxing them and planning to read them eventually, but I just end up throwing it all away and feeling guilty.
You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them.
After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be. Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience -- let him read someone else.
Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need.
A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead -- from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.
We ought to reverence books; to look on them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true, whether they are about religion, politics, farming, trade, law, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things -- the teacher of all truth.
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is pleasure beyond compare.
One man is as good as another until he has written a book.
The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine -- but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.
Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
The newest books are those that never grow old.
Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.

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