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''Learn as much by writing as by reading.''
- Lord Acton


''Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.''
- W. H. Auden


''Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.''
- Sir Francis Bacon


''Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?''
- Henry Ward Beecher


''The covers of this book are too far apart.''
- Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary


''A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.''
- G. K. Chesterton


''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.''
- Charles Caleb Colton


''A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.''
- Robertson Davies


''To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.''
- Robertson Davies "The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks"


''When I am attached by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.''
- Michel de Montaigne


''I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.''
- Charles De Secondat


''Never judge a book by its movie.''
- J. W. Eagan


''Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.''
- Albert Einstein


''Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they never existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book?''
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


''Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.''
- Charles W. Eliot The Happy Life


''In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and


''Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.''
- Moses Hadas


''This book fills a much-needed gap.''
- Moses Hadas


''Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.''
- Lenore Hershey


''This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book ? it makes a very poor doorstop.''
- Alfred Hitchcock


''Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.''
- Paxton Hood


''The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.''
- Henry James


''The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.''
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 'Morituri Salutamus'


''It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.''
- Dame Rose Macaulay


''Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.''
- Horace Mann


''From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.''
- Groucho Marx


''I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.''
- Groucho Marx


''Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.''
- Groucho Marx


''When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.''
- W. Somerset Maugham 'Of Human Bondage'


''Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.''
- Kathleen Norias Hands Full of Living


''Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop.''
- Ralph Novak


''This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.''
- Dorothy Parker


''Wear the old coat and buy the new book.''
- Austin Phelps


''Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.''
- Ezra Pound


''Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.''
- Dorothy L. Sayers The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club


''Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.''

- William Shakespeare "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2


''My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.''
- Edith Sitwell


''How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.''
- Henry David Thoreau Walden


''Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.''
- Mark Twain


''Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.''
- Mark Twain


''The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.''
- Mark Twain


''The multitude of books is making us ignorant.''
- Voltaire


''There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.''
- Oscar Wilde


''Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.''
- John Witherspoon






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