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Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they passed.
      - Sir William Temple,
        Ancient and Modern Learning

But every page having an ample marge,
  And every marge enclosing in the midst
    A square of text that looks a little blot.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 669)

Books have their own destiny.
  [Lat., Habent sua fata libelli.]
      - Maurus Terentianus, Poetics

If the secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
      - Henry David Thoreau,
        in a letter to B.B. Wiley, April 26, 1857

Books that are books are all that you want, and there are but half a dozen in any thousand.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Homeliness is almost as great a merit in a book as in a house, if the reader would abide there. It is next to beauty, and a very high art.
      - Henry David Thoreau

At least let us have healthy books.
      - Henry David Thoreau,
        A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
      - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

It is not all books that are as dull as their readers.
      - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The book exists for us, perchance, which will explain our miracles and reveal new ones.
      - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thee will I sing in comely wainscot bound
  And golden verge enclosing thee around;
    The faithful horn before, from age to age
      Preserving thy invulnerable page.
        Behind thy patron saint in armor shines
          With sword and lance to guard the sacred lines;
            Th' instructive handle's at the bottom fixed
              Lest wrangling critics should pervert the text.
      - Thomas Tickell, The Hornbook

The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yoghurt.
      - attributed to Calvin Trillin,
        in the "Sunday Times", June 9, 1991

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
      - Barbara W. Tuchman

A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and for ever.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper,
        Proverbial Philosophy Series I--Of Reading

We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.
      - Alan Turing,
        in A.P. Hodges' "Alan Turing: the Enigma"

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

A small number of choice books are sufficient.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part; the rest are confounded with the multitude.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Without grace no book can live, and with it the poorest may have its life prolonged.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Beware you be not swallowed up in books.
      - John Wesley

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Books,--lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

They are for company the best friends, in Doubt's Counsellors, in Damps Comforters, Time's Perspective the Home Traveller's Ship or Horse, the busie Man's best Recreation, the Opiate of idle Weariness, the Mindes best Ordinary, Nature's Garden and Seed-plot of Immortality.
      - Bulstrode Whitelocke, Zootamia

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