Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it come as sincerely from the author's soul
Read the best books first, or else you may not have a chance to read them at all.
A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.
Good friends, good books and a sleep conscience: this is the ideal life.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
The proper study of mankind is books.
For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.
I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.
Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book
You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer
Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in the mind.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all
The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
I wrote a few children's books... Not on purpose.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
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