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Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that which is better than life.
      - Horace Mann

I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.
      - Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

You importune me, Tucca, to present you with my books. I shall not do so; for you want to sell, not to read, them.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VII, ep. 77)

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
      - Groucho Marx

The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.
      - John Milton

For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evil sub-stance.
      - John Milton

Many a man lives a burden upon the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond life.
      - John Milton

A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit imbalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
      - John Milton, Areopagitica

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.
      - John Milton, Areopagitica

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
      - John Milton, Areopagitica

Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 327)

Books are a languid pleasure.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

To divert myself from a troublesome fancy, it is but to run to my books; they presently fix me to them, and drive the other out of my thoughts, and do not mutiny to see that I have only recourse to them for want of other more, real, natural, and lively conveniences; they always receive me with the same kindness.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence.
      - Jan Morris

Medicine for the soul.
      - Motto

In looking around me seeking for miserable resources against the heaviness of time, I open a book and I say to myself, as the cat to the fox: I have only one good turn, but I need no other.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

After the pleasure of possessing books there is hardly anything more pleasant than that of speaking of them, and of communicating to the public the innocent richness of thought which we have acquired by the culture of letters.
      - Charles Nodier

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
      - Kathleen Norris (nee Kathleen Thompson and wife of C.G. Norris)

Silent companions of the lonely hour,
  Friends, who can alter or forsake,
    Who for inconstant roving have no power,
      And all neglect, perforce, must calmly take.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
      - Flannery O'Connor

Books are a part of man's prerogative
  In formal ink, they thought and voices hold
    That we to them our solitude may give,
      And make time present travel that of old,
        Our life fame pieceth longer at the end,
          And books it farther backward doth extend.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury

The quantity of books in a library is often a cloud of witnesses of the ignorance of the owner.
      - Count Axel von Oxenstierna (Oxenstjerna or Oxenstiern)

The books which help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is by easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker--it is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and with beauty.
      - Theodore Parker

What a joy is there in a good book, writ by some great master of thought, who breaks into beauty as in summer the meadow into grass and dandelions and violets, with geraniums and manifold sweetness.
      - Theodore Parker

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