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There is no Past, so long as Books shall live!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 4, l. 9)

In you are sent
  The types of Truths whose life is The To Come;
    In you soars up the Adam from the fall;
      In you the Future as the Past is given--
        Ev'n in our death ye bid us hail our birth;--
          Unfold these pages, and behold the Heaven,
            Without one grave-stone left upon the Earth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The Souls of Books (st. 5, l. 11)

Some said, John, print it, others said, Not so;
  Some said, It might do good, others said, No.
      - John Bunyan, Apology for his Book (l. 39)

Go now, my little book, to every place
  Where my first pilgrim has but shown his face.
    Call at their door: if any way "Who's there?"
      Then answer thou "Christiana is here."
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. II)

Nothing ought to be more weighed than the nature of books recommended by public authority. So recommended, they soon form the character of the age.
      - Edmund Burke

Some books are lies frae end to end.
      - Robert Burns, Death and Dr. Hornbook

Let us consider how great a commodity of doctrine exists in books; how easily, how secretly, how safely they expose the nakedness of human ignorance without putting it to shame. These are the masters who instruct us without rods and ferules, without hard words and anger, without clothes or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if investigating you interrogate them, they conceal nothing; if you mistake them, they never grumble; if you are ignorant, they cannot laugh at you.
      - Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham (f/k/a Richard Aungervyle)

Books are delightful when prosperity happily smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inseparable comforters. They give strength to human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought forward without books. Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no mind can calculate. depend upon books.
      - Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham (f/k/a Richard Aungervyle),
        Philobiblon (ch. I)

You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the clerical militia with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Engaddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility; burning lamps to be ever held in the hand.
      - Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham (f/k/a Richard Aungervyle),
        Philobiblon (ch. XV)

There is a kind of physiognomy in the titles of books no less than in the faces of men, by which a skilful observer will as well know what to expect from the one as the other.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

'Tis in books the chief
  Of all perfections to be plain and brief.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print;
  A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 51)

A man ought to inquire and find out what he really and truly has an appetite for; what suits his constitution; and that, doctors tell him, is the very thing he ought to have in general. And so with books.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
      - Thomas Carlyle

In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Corn-Law Rhymes

If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (lecture II)

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying in as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (lecture V)

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Heroes and Hero Worship--The Hero as a Man of Letters

The true University of these days is a collection of Books.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Heroes and Hero Worship--The Hero as a Man of Letters

"There is no book so bad," said the bachelor, "but something good may be found in it."
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. III)

Books are the true levellers. They give to all who faithfully use them the society, the spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race.
      - William Ellery Channing

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
      - William Ellery Channing

God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
      - William Ellery Channing

In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
      - William Ellery Channing

Let every man, if possible, gather some good books under his roof.
      - William Ellery Channing


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