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The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
      - Walter Savage Landor

You can cover a great deal of country in books.
      - Andrew Lang

A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.
      - Andrew Lang, The Library (ch. I)

As friends and companions, as teachers and consolers, as recreators and amusers, books are always with us, and always ready to respond to our wants. We can take them with us in our wanderings, or gather them around us at our firesides. In the lonely wilderness, and the crowded city, their spirit will be with us, giving a meaning to the seemingly confused movements of humanity, and peopling the desert with their own bright creations.
      - John Alfred Langford

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men.
      - John Alfred Langford

Strong as man and tender as woman, they welcome you in every mood, and never turn from you in distress.
      - John Alfred Langford

A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the sacred name of friends. Some can be accepted only as acquaintances. The best books of all kinds are taken to heart, and cherished as his most precious possessions. Others to be chatted with for a time, to spend a few pleasant hours with, and laid aside, but not forgotten.
      - John Alfred Langford,
        The Praise of Books--Preliminary Essay

The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defence.
      - John Alfred Langford,
        The Praise of Books--Preliminary Essay

Do not believe that a book is good, if in reading it thou dost not become more contented with thy existence, if it does not rouse up in thee most generous feelings.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

It is a sure evidence of a good book if it pleases us more and more as we grow older.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It is a good thing to read books, and need not be a bad thing to write them, but in any case, it is a pious thing to collect them.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The pleasant books, that silently among
  Our household treasures take familiar places,
    And are to us as if a living tongue
      Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Seaside and Fireside--Dedication

Leaving us heirs to amplest heritages
  Of all the best thoughts of the greatest sages,
    And giving tongues unto the silent dead!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Sonnet of Mrs. Kemble's Reading from Shakespeare

Books are sepulchres of thought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Wind Over the Chimney (st. 8)

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
      - Amy Lowell

All books are either dreams or swords,
  You can cut, or you can drug, with words.
    . . . .
      My swords are tempered for every speech,
        For fencing wit, or to carve a breach
          Through old abuses the world condones.
      - Amy Lowell, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I would answer that there is one book better than a cheap book, and that is a book honestly come by.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        before the U.S. Senate Committee on Patents

What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticised for us!
      - James Russell Lowell,
        My Study Windows--Library of Old Authors

Every great book is an action, and every great action is a book.
      - Martin Luther

Gentlemen use books as Gentlewomen handle their flowers, who in the morning stick them in their heads, and at night strawe them at their heeles.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphues--To the Gentlemen Readers

It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
      - David Macaulay

That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        On Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book.
      - George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie
         (ch. XLII)


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