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Learning hath gained most by those books by which the Printers have lost.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--Of Books

Some books are only cursorily to be tasted of.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--Of Books

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds; and these invaluable communications are within the reach of all.
      - Comtesse de Genlis, Stephanie-Felicite du Crest de Saint-Aubin

A taste for books, which is still the pleasure and glory of my life.
      - Edward Gibbon

Those faithful mirrors, which reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
      - Edward Gibbon

The silent power of books is a great power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them which those alone can know who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they may yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.
      - Henry Giles

In a well-written book we are presented with the maturest reflections, or the happiest flights of a mind of uncommon excellence. It is impossible that we can be much accustomed to such companions without attaining some resemblance to them.
      - William Godwin

Properly speaking, we learn from those books only that we cannot judge. The author of a book that I am competent to criticise would have to learn from me.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly--should still be new.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World
         (letter LXXII)

In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World
         (letter LXXII)

I armed her against the censures of the world; showed her that books were sweet unreproaching companions to the miserable, and that if they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. XXII)

I have read your book and much like it.
      - Moses Hadas

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book--I'll waste no time reading it.
      - Moses Hadas

This book fills a much-needed gap.
      - Moses Hadas, in a review

A blessing on the printer's art!--
  Books are the mentors of the heart.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

The burning soul, the burden'd mind,
  In books alone companions find.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

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.
      - Augustus William Hare

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.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth
         (p. 458)

Books wind into the heart.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The greatest pleasure in life is that of reading while we are young. I have had as much of this pleasure perhaps as any one.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Learning is more profound
  When in few solid authors 't may be found;
    A few good books, digested well, do feed
      The mind; much cloys, and doth ill humors breed.
      - Robert Heath

Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
      - Heinrich Heine

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Thou art a plant sprung up to wither never,
  But, like a laurell, to grow green forever.
      - Robert Herrick, Hesperides--To His Booke


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