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Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the highest civilization the book is still the highest delight.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never read any book that is not a year old.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The virtue of books is to be readable.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books are the best things, well used: abused, among the worst.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Scholar

There are many virtues in books, but the essential value is the adding of knowledge to our stock by the record of new facts, and, better, by the record of intuitions which distribute facts, and are the formulas which supersede all histories.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Persian Poetry

In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

A true book is an inspiration.
      - Alexander Hill Everett

Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.
      - William Feather

If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Oh, but books are such safe company! They keep your secrets well; they never boast that they made your eyes glisten, or your cheek flush, or your heart throb.
      - Fanny Fern (pseudonym of Sara Payson Willis Parton)

How pure the joy when first my hands unfold
  The small, rare volume, black with tarnished gold.
      - John Ferriar, Bibliomania

Now cheaply bought, for thrice their weight in gold.
      - John Ferriar, Bibliomania

The princeps copy, clad in blue and gold.
      - John Ferriar, Bibliomania

We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions.
      - Henry Fielding

An unread book is just a block of paper.
      - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 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-plac'd statutes.
      - John William Fletcher

I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

There is nothing so imperishable as a book.
      - James Hain Friswell

It is thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and gives health and vigor to the mind.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Thou mayst as well expect to grow strong by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and gives health and vigor to the mind.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

To divert at any time a troublesome fancy, run to thy books; they presently fix thee to them, and drive the other out of thy thoughts. They always receive thee with the same kindness.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

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