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The last thing that we discover in writing a book is to know what to put at the beginning.
      - Blaise Pascal

The last thing we decide in writing a book is what to put first.
      - Blaise Pascal

Books, like friends, should be few, and well chosen.
      - Samuel Paterson, Joineriana

Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
      - Francesco Petrarch

Books never pall me. They discourse with us, they take counsel with us, and are united to us by a certain living chatty familiarity. And not only does each book inspire the sense that it belongs to its readers, but it also suggests the name of others, and one begets the desire of the other.
      - Francesco Petrarch, Letters

A book is a friend that never deceives.
  [Fr., Un livre est un ami qui ne trompe jamais.]
      - ascribed to Rene Charles Guilbert de Pixerecourt

Books are the immortal sons deifying their sires.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

We ought to regard books as we do sweetmeats, not wholly to aim at the pleasantest, but chiefly to respect the wholesomest; not forbidding either, but approving the latter most.
      - Plutarch

To buy books only because they were published by an eminent printer is much as if a man should buy clothes that did not fit him, only because made by some famous tailor.
      - Alexander Pope

Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, until they have seen and lived at least part of their contents.
      - Ezra Pound

When a new book comes out, I read an old one.
      - Samuel Rogers

Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men and women.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A library is thought in cold storage.
      - Lord Herbert Samuel

Any book, which is at all important, should be reread immediately.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Within that awful volume lies
  The mystery of mysteries!
    Happiest they of human race,
      To whom God has granted grace
        To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
          To lift the latch, and force the way:
            And better had they ne'er been born,
              Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Monastery
         (vol. 1, ch. XII)

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
      - Jerry Seinfeld

A multitude of books distracts from the mind.
  [Lat., Distrabit animum librorum multitudo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Let us digest them; otherwise they enter our memory, but not our minds.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No book can be so good, as to be profitable when negligently read.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

A multitude of books distracts the mind.
  [Lat., Distrahit animum librorum multitudo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (II, 3)

Come, and take choice of all my library,
  And so beguile thy sorrow.
      - William Shakespeare

He hath never fed of the daintier that are bred in a book.
      - William Shakespeare

My library was dukedom large enough.
      - William Shakespeare

A book? O, rare one,
  Be not, as is our fangled world, a garment
    Nobler than that it covers.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Posthumus at V,iv)

Ay me, what act,
  That roars so loud and thunders in the index?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at III, iv)

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