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Medicine for the soul.
      - Unattributed Author, Diodorus Siculus
         (I, 49, 3),
        inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in the "Spectator", no. 166

No man writes a book without meaning something, though he may not have the faculty of writing consequentially and expressing his meaning.
      - Joseph Addison

A good book is fruitful of other books; it perpetuates its fame from age to age, and makes eras in the lives of its readers.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

My favorite books have a personality and complexion as distinctly drawn as if the author's portrait were framed into the paragraphs and smiled upon me as I read his illustrated pages.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books, though preparation is necessary to profitable reading; and the less reading is better than more;--book-struck men are of all readers least wise, however knowing or learned.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Our favorites are few; since only what rises from the heart reaches it, being caught and carried on the tongues of men wheresoever love and letters journey.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk
         (bk. I, Learning-Books)

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
      - Louisa May Alcott

Old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, old books to read.
      - Alfonso V, Alfonso of Aragon, the Magnanimous

A man of one book.
  [Lat., Homo unius libri.]
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Books are true friends that will never flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself, and you shall need no other comfort.
      - Francis Bacon

Books will speak plain when counselors blanch.
      - Francis Bacon

Good books are true friends.
      - Francis Bacon

The images of men's wits and .knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
      - Francis Bacon

But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.
      - Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning
         (bk. I, Advantages of Learning)

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
      - Francis Bacon, Essay--Of Studies

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Proposition touching Amendment of Laws

Worthy books
  Are not companions--they are solitudes:
    We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Village Feast, Evening)

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

He who loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, or an effectual comforter.
      - Isaac Barrow

Without books God is silent, justice dormant, natural science at a stand, philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in Cimmerian dark-ness.
      - Thomas Bartholin

That place that does contain
  My books, the best companions, is to me
    A glorious court, where hourly I converse
      With the old sages and philosophers;
        And sometimes, for variety, I confer
          With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
            Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
              Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
                Deface their ill-placed statues.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Elder Brother (act I, sc. 2, l. 177)

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the true metempsychosis,--they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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