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  • #1
    Gordon B. Hinckley
    “Good books are as friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.”
    Gordon B. Hinckley

  • #2
    Thomas Carlyle
    “May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.”
    Thomas Carlyle

  • #3
    C.S. Lewis
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #4
    Daniel J. Boorstin
    “A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.”
    Daniel J. Boorstin
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  • #6
    Oscar Wilde
    “The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”
    Oscar Wilde, Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man

  • #7
    Christopher Morley
    “When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”
    Christopher Morley

  • #8
    Francis Bacon
    “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. 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.”
    Francis Bacon, The Essays

  • #9
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #10
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #11
    Barbara W. Tuchman
    “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

    [Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp. 16-32]”
    Barbara W. Tuchman

  • #12
    Virginia Woolf
    “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
    Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

  • #13
    Desiderius Erasmus
    “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
    Desiderius Erasmus

  • #14
    Jasper Fforde
    “After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
    Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

  • #15
    Stephen Colbert
    “The summer movies are coming out. My advice: just stay home and burn a good book.”
    Stephen Colbert

  • #16
    Robertson Davies
    “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

  • #17
    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, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #18
    “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life.”
    Helen Exley

  • #19
    Oscar Wilde
    “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #20
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • #21
    Horace Mann
    “A house without books is like a room without windows.”
    Horace Mann

  • #22
    Henry Miller
    “We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.”
    Henry Miller

  • #23
    Helene Hanff
    “I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to "I hate to read new books," and I hollered "Comrade!" to whoever owned it before me.”
    Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road

  • #24
    Walt Disney Company
    “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”
    Walt Disney Company

  • #25
    Harry Truman
    “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
    Harry Truman

  • #26
    Henry Ward Beecher
    “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”
    Henry Ward Beecher

  • #27
    Harold S. Kushner
    “I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”
    Harold S. Kushner

  • #28
    Augustine of Hippo
    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    Augustine of Hippo

  • #29
    Cornelia Funke
    “This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”
    Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

  • #30
    Kathleen Thompson Norris
    “Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ”
    Kathleen Thompson Norris, Hands Full of Living

  • #31
    Louisa May Alcott
    “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience



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