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Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart.
      - William Ellery Channing

The diffusion of these silent teachers--books--through the whole community is to work greater effects than artillery, machinery, and legislation. Its peaceful agency is to supersede stormy revolutions. The culture which it is to spread, whilst an unspeakable good to the individual, is also to become the stability of nations.
      - William Ellery Channing

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
      - William Ellery Channing, On Self-Culture

O little booke, thou art so unconning,
  How darst thou put thyself in prees for dred?
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Flower and the Leaf
         (l. 591),
        (generally accepted as written by a fifteenth century lady admirer of Chaucer)

And as for me, though than I konne but lyte,
  On bokes for to rede I me delyte,
    And to hem yeve I feyth and ful credence,
      And in myn herte have hem in reverence
        So hertely, that ther is game noon,
          That fro my bokes maketh me to goon,
            But yt be seldome on the holy day.
              Save, certeynly, when that the monthe of May
                Is comen, and that I here the foules synge,
                  And that the floures gynnen for to sprynge,
                    Farwel my boke, and my devocion.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Legend of Good Women
         (prologue, l. 29)

Go, litel boke! go litel myn tregedie!
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. V, l. 1800)

A book is the only immortality.
      - Rufus Choate

A home without books is a body without soul.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

He who loves not books before he comes to thirty years of age will hardly love them enough afterwards to understand them.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

Great books, like large skulls, have often the least brains.
      - William Benton Clulow

Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly, than to know them only here and there; yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither the time nor means to get more. Let every book-worm, when, in any fragrant scarce old tome, he discovers a sentence, a story, and illustration that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce, old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is saying less than the truth to affirm that an excellent book (and the remark holds almost equally good of a Raphael as of a Milton) is like a well-chosen and well-tended fruit tree. Its fruits are not of one season only. With the due and natural intervals, we may recur to it year after year, and it will supply the same nourishment and the same gratification, if only we ourselves return to it with the same healthful appetite.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Literary Remains--Prospectus of Lectures

Real poverty is lack of books.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves. They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride or design in their conversation.
      - Jeremy Collier

"Books," says my lord Bacon, "should have no patrons but truth and reason."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He that studies books alone, will know how things ought to be; and he that studies men will know how things are.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He that will have no books but those that are scarce evinces about as correct a taste in literature as he would do in friendship who would have no friends but those whom all the rest of the world have sent to Coventry.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

I have somewhere seen it observed that we should make the same use of a book that the bee does of a flower: she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If a book really wants the patronage of a great name, it is a bad book; and if it be a good book, it wants it not.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is always easy to shut a book, but not quite so easy to get rid of a lettered coxcomb.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Many books owe their success to the good memories of their authors and the bad memories of their readers.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a simple reason,--they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We should have a glorious conflagration if all who cannot put fire into their works would only consent to put their works into the fire.
      - Charles Caleb Colton


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