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What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.... Thomas Carlyle

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.... Thomas Carlyle

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.... Thomas Carlyle

You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books....Voltaire

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

When I am attacked 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

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.... G.K Chesterton

A room without books is like a body without a soul.... Cicero

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labours of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.... Cicero

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.... Rene Descartes

Tis the good reader that makes the good book.... Ralph Waldo Emerson

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.... Kafka

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

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

An author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart's blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.... W. Somerset Maugham

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.... P. J. O'Rourke

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.... Chinese Proverb

A book holds a house of gold.... Chinese Proverb

Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity.... Spanish Proverb

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.... Carl Sagan

Beware the man of one book.... Saint Thomas Aquinas

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.... Jerry Seinfeld

Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.... Seneca

Live always in the best company when you read.... Sydney Smith

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

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

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.... Mark Twain

I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honoured to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.... Kurt Vonnegut

Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.... Lord Acton

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.... Helen Keller

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

I cannot live without books.... Thomas Jefferson

He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.... John Milton

A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.... Chinese Proverb

My library was dukedom large enough.... William Shakespeare

Was ever book containing such vile matter so fairly bound? O, that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace!... William Shakespeare

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.... Logan Pearsall Smith

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

But what is the difference between literature and journalism?.... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.... Oscar Wilde

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

Who walks much and reads much, knows much and sees much....Miguel de Cervantes

We read frequently if unknowingly, in quest of a mind more original than our own…. Harold Bloom

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man…. Sir Francis Bacon

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think interior decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves…. Anna Quindlen

Literature is news that stays news…. Ezra Pound

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.... Aldous Huxley

If a book isn't a hundred years old, you shouldn't read it.... Terence McKenna

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