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Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
      - Stephen Vincent Benet

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end: and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 12)

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXX, v. 8)

Oh that my words were now written! on that they were printed in a book!
      - Bible, Job (ch. XIX, v. 23)

Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXI, v. 35)

The covers of this book are too far apart.
      - Ambrose Bierce

But of what use will my book be when it is finished?
      - James Boswell

A book should be luminous, but not voluminous.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Books are embalmed minds.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Most books fail, not so much from a want of ability in their authors, as from an absence in their productions of a thorough development of their ability.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The worth of a book is a matter of expressed juices.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past time. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me.
      - John Bright

Some books makes me want to go adventuring, others feel that they have saved me the trouble.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

A book may be compared to the life of your neighbor. If it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
      - Henry Brooke

Books are men of higher stature, and the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We get no good
  By being ungenerous, even to a book,
    And calculating profits--so much help
      By so much reading. It is rather when
        We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge
          Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound,
            Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of truth--
              'Tis then we get the right good from a book.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. I, l. 700)

Books, books, books!
  I had found the secret of a garret room
    Piled high with cases in my father's name;
      Piled high, packed large,--where, creeping in and out
        Among the giant fossils of my past,
          Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
            Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
              At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
                In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
                  The first book first. And how I felt it beat
                    Under my pillow, in the morning's dark,
                      An hour before the sun would let me read!
                        My books!
                          At last, because the time was ripe,
                            I chanced upon the poets.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. I, l. 830)

There is this value in books, that they enable us to converse with the dead. There is something in this beyond the mere intrinsic worth of what they have left us.
      - Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Law dies, books never.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The past but lives in words; a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale, unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Laws die, Books never.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Richelieu (act I, sc. 2)

Hark, the world so loud,
  And they, the movers of the world, so still!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 3, l. 14)

We call some books immortal! Do they live?
  If so, believe me, Time hath made them pure.
    In Books, the veriest wicked rest in peace.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 3, l. 22)

The Wise
  (Minstrel or Sage,) out of their books are clay;
    But in their books, as from their graves they rise.
      Angels--that, side by side, upon our way,
        Walk with and warn us!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 3, l. 9)

All books grow homilies by time; they are
  Temples, at once, and Landmarks.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 4, l. 1)

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