Sunday, 16 April 2017

Books

I want to do something splendid ... something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead ... I think I shall write books. - Louisa May Alcott

If books are not good company, where will I find it? - Mark Twain

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely. - Arthur Helps

In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. - Mark Twain

In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius. - Thomas Mann

In perusing the writings of sensible men, we have frequent opportunities of examining our own hearts, and by that means, of attaining a more certain knowledge of ourselves. - Wellins Calcott

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. - Edgar Allan Poe

It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is. - James Russell Lowell

Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit in selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts. - Jo Walton

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason – they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. - Charles Colton

My last refuge, my books: simple pleasures, like finding wild onions by the side of the road, or requited love. - Tracy Letts

No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books. - Romain Rolland

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. - Charles Dickens

No two persons ever read the same book, or saw the same picture. - Madame Swetchne

Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading. - Amos Bronson Alcott

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