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Books that you may carry to the fireside, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.

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.

Books to the ceiling,/ Books to the sky,/ My pile of books is a mile high./ How I love them! How I need them!/ I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

Books, as Dryden has aptly termed them, are spectacles to read nature. Aeschylus and Aristotle, Shakespeare and Bacon, are priests who preach and expound the mysteries of man and the universe. They teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the hieroglyphics of the senses.

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again - for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy - Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.

Books, the children of the brain.

Camerado, this is no book. Who touches this, touches a man.

Cats won't lie on a book that isn't well written.

Choose an author as you choose a friend.

Dead counsellors are the most instructive, because they are heard with patience and reverence.

Deep versed in books, but shallow in himself.

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.

Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from... human souls we never saw... And yet these arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.

God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.

He that loves not books before he comes to thirty years of age, will hardly love them enough afterward to understand them.

I have ever gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most: and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the books which have stuck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections. See quote detail

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.

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our own particular path than we have yet got ourselves.


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