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Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy hand out of plackets, thy pen from lenders' books, and defy the foul fiend.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at III, iv)

That book in many's eyes doth share the glory,
  That in gold clasps locks in the golden story;
    So shall you share all that he doth possess,
      By having him making yourself no less.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Wife at I, iii)

O, let my books be then the eloquence
  And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
    Who plead for love, and look for recompense,
      More than that tongue that more hath more expressed.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXIII

For the success,
  Although particular, shall give a scantling
    Of good or bad unto the general;
      And in such indexes, although small pricks
        To their subsequent volumes, there is seen
          The baby figure of the giant mass
            Of things to come at large.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Nestor at I, iii)

We turned o'er many books together.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Clerk at IV, i)

I had rather than forty shillings I had my Book of Songs and Sonnets here.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Slender at I, i)

So, of his gentleness,
  Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
    From mine own library with volumes that
      I prize above my dukedom.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at I, ii)

But this rough magic
  There abjure; and when I have required
    Some heavenly music (which even now I do)
      To work mine end upon their senses that
        This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
          Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
            And deeper than did ever plummet sound
              I'll drown my book.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at V, i)

People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them.
      - George Bernard Shaw

When self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a pennyworth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived.
      - William Shenstone

Their books of stature small they take in hand,
  Which with pellucid horn secured are;
    To save from finger wet the letters fair.
      - William Shenstone, The Schoolmistress
         (st. 18)

You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        School for Scandal (act I, sc. 1)

Nor wyll suffer this boke
  By hooke ne by crooke
    Printed to be.
      - John Skelton, Duke of Clout

Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they have for a book.
      - Samuel Smiles

Some books are drenched sands,
  On which a great soul's wealth lies all in heaps,
    Like a wrecked argosy.
      - Alexander Smith, A Life Drama (sc. 2)

A best seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

No furniture is so charming as books.
      - Sydney Smith

Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.
      - Robert Southey

Go, little Book! From this my solitude
  I cast thee on the Waters,--go thy ways:
    And if, as I believe, thy vein be good,
      The World will find thee after many days.
        Be it with thee according to thy worth:
          Go, little Book; in faith I send thee forth.
      - Robert Southey,
        Lay of the Laureate--L'Envoy

When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, "By reading one book." The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes.
      - Robert Southey, The Doctor (p. 164)

Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the possession of a man of business it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Every book is, in an intimate sense, a circular-letter to the friends of him who writes it.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Books, the children of the brain.
      - Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub (sec. I)

Not many but good books.
      - Bayard Taylor

Aquinas was once asked, with what compendium a man might become learned? He answered "By reading of one book."
      - Jeremy Taylor, Life of Christ
         (pt. II, s. XII, 16)

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