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  • #1
    We read to know we're not alone.
    “We read to know we're not alone.”
    William Nicholson, Shadowlands

  • #2
    C.S. Lewis
    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #3
    C.S. Lewis
    “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • #4
    Henry James
    “I always want to know the things one shouldn't do."
    "So as to do them?" asked her aunt.
    "So as to choose." said Isabel”
    Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

  • #5
    Clive James
    “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
    Clive James

  • #6
    Henry James
    “Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”
    Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

  • #7
    Jane Austen
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
    Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

  • #8
    Jane Austen
    “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.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
    Mark Twain

  • #12
    Mark Twain
    “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
    Mark Twain

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
    Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

  • #14
    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

  • #15
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #16
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

  • #17
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #18
    Matthew J. Kirby
    “In life, the hardest decisions often have to be made more than once. But each time, it gets easier.”
    Matthew J. Kirby, Icefall

  • #19
    Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
    “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #20
    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
    Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

  • #21
    Elbert Hubbard
    “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    Elbert Hubbard

  • #22
    Veronica Roth
    “Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”
    Veronica Roth, Insurgent

  • #23
    Carl Sagan
    “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
    Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

  • #24
    Corrie ten Boom
    “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
    Corrie ten Boom

  • #25
    Corrie ten Boom
    “This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
    Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place

  • #26
    C. JoyBell C.
    “There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #27
    Richard M. Sherman
    “And although we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they're rather stupid.”
    Richard M. Sherman, Vocal Selections from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins

  • #28
    “Do the gods light this fire in our hearts or does each man's mad desire become his god?”
    Virgil, The Aeneid

  • #29
    Sarah Addison Allen
    “We're connected, as women. It's like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there's trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we're just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don't help each other, who will?”
    Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

  • #30
    Judith Martin
    “…women were brought up to have only one set of manners. A woman was either a lady or she wasn't, and we all know what the latter meant. Not even momentary lapses were allowed; there is no female equivalent of the boys-will-be-boys concept.”
    Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

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