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Come, my best friends, my books! and lead me on.
      - Abraham Cowley

Books should, not Business, entertain the Light;
  And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.
      - Abraham Cowley, Of Myself

Books are not seldom talismans and spells.
      - William Cowper

Books cannot always please, however good;
  Minds are not ever craving for their food.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough
         (letter XXIV, Schools, l. 402)

Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
      - George William Curtis

The monument of vanished mindes.
      - Sir William D'Avenant, Gondibert
         (bk. II, canto V)

To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
      - Robertson Davies

Give me a book that does my soul embrace
  And makes simplicity a grace--
    Language freely flowing, thoughts as free--
      Such pleasing books more taketh me
        Than all the modern works of art
          That please mine eyes and not my heart.
      - Margaret Denbo (Anna Margaret Denbo),
        suggested by Ben Jonson's "Silent Woman"

Books should to one of these four ends conduce,
  For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
      - Sir John Denham, Of Prudence

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
      - Rene Descartes

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
      - Charles Dickens

He ate and drank the precious words,
  His spirit grew robust;
    He knew no more that he was poor,
      Nor that his frame was dust.
        He danced along the dingy days,
          And this bequest of wings
            Was but a book. What liberty
              A loosened spirit brings!
      - Emily Dickinson, A Book

There is no frigate like a book
  To take us lands away,
    Nor any coursers like a page
      Of prancing poetry.
        This traverse may the poorest take
          Without oppress of toll;
            How frugal is the chariot
              That bears a human soul.
      - Emily Dickinson, A Book

The medicine of the mind.
      - Diodorus Siculus

A book may be as great a thing as a battle.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Beware of the man of one book.
  [Lat., Home unius libri, or, cave ab homine unius libri.]
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        quoted in "Curiosities of Literature"

Golden volumes! richest treasures,
  Objects of delicious pleasures!
    You my eyes rejoicing please,
      You my hand in rapture seize!
        Brilliant wits and musing sages,
          Lights who beam'd through many ages!
            Left to your conscious leaves their story,
              And dared to trust you with their glory;
                And now their hope of fame achiev'd,
                  Dear volumes! you have not deceived!
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Libraries

Not as ours the books of old--
  Things that steam can stamp and fold;
    Not as ours the books of yore--
      Rows of type, and nothing more.
      - Henry Austin Dobson,
        To a Missal of the 13th Century

Books, dear books
  Have been, and are my comforts; morn and night,
    Adversity, prosperity, at home,
      Abroad, health, sickness--good or ill report,
        The same firm friends; the same refreshment rich,
          And source of consolation.
      - William Dodd,
        Thoughts in Prison, Third Week

The spectacles of books.
      - John Dryden, Essay on Dramatic Poetry

Reading one book is like eating one crisp.
      - Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

Men love better books which please them than those which instruct. Since their ennui troubles them more than their ignorance, they prefer being amused to being informed.
      - Abbe Jean-Antoine Dubois

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
      - Albert Einstein

Wise books for half the truths they hold are honored tombs.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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