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There is no book so poor that it would not be a prodigy if wholly made by a single man.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),

Books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction.
      - Ben Jonson

Pray thee, take care, that tak'st my book in hand,
  To read it well; that is to understand.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram (1)

When I would know thee . . . my thought looks
  Upon thy well-made choice of friends and books;
    Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends
      In making thy friends books, and thy books friends.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram (86)

Blest be the hour wherein I bought this book;
  His studies happy that composed the book,
    And the man fortunate that sold the book.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour
         (act I, sc. 1)

Give me a look, give me a face,
  That makes simplicity a grace:
    Robes loosely flowing, hair as free;
      Such sweet neglect more taketh me
        Than all the adulteries of art;
          They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
      - Ben Jonson, Silent Woman (act I, sc. 1)

How many books there are whose reputation is made that would not obtain it were it now to make?
      - Joseph Joubert

The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones.
      - Joseph Joubert

There was a time when the world acted upon books. Now books act upon the world.
      - Joseph Joubert

Why don't you write books people can read?
      - Nora Joyce, to her husband James

There are persons who flatter themselves that the size of their works will make them immortal. They pile up reluctant quarto upon solid folio, as if their labors, because they are gigantic, could contend with truth and heaven!
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Those who are conversant with books well know how often they mislead us when we have not a living monitor at hand to assist us in comparing practice with theory.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

The doings of men, their prayers, fear, wrath, pleasure, delights, and recreations, are the subject of this book.
  [Lat., Quicquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudia, discursus, nostri est farrago libelli.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (I, I, 85)

A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.
      - Franz Kafka

Everywhere I have sought rest and found it not except sitting apart in a nook with a little book.
  [Lat., In omnibus requiem quaesivi
    Et non inveni
      Nisi seorsim sedans
        In angulo cum libello.]
      - Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi,
        written in an autographed copy according to Cornelius A. Lapide

By cultivating an interest in a few good books which contain the result of the toil or the quintessence of the genius of some of the most gifted thinkers of the world, we need not live on the marsh and in the mists. The slopes and ridges invite us.
      - Thomas Starr King

We ought to reverence books, to look at them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true, whether they are about religion or politics, farming, trade, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things, the teacher of all truth.
      - Charles Kingsley

He gets at the substance of a book directly; he tears out the heart of it.
      - Mary Knowles, on Samuel Johnson

Every age hath its book.
      - Koran

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and courageous feelings, seek for no other rule to judge the work by; it is good, and made by a good workman.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Where a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and courageous feelings, seek for no other rule to judge the event by; it is good and made by a good workman.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Books think for me. I can read anything which I call a book.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Books which are no books.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Last Essay of Elia--Detached Thoughts on Books

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