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If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Books that have become classics -- books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal -- always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Bible among other books is as a diamond among precious stones.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Read Homer once, and you can read no more. For all books else appear so mean, and so poor. Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, and Homer will be all the books you need.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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. Those works, therefore, are the most valuable, that set our thinking faculties in the fullest operation. understand them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Next, in importance to books are their titles.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our instructed vagrancy, which has hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans --which is nourished on books of travel, and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are books which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood --for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Learning is, in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a substitute for true knowledge. Books are less often made use of as spectacles to look at nature with, than as blinds to keep out its strong light and shifting scenery from weak eyes and indolent dispositions. The learned are mere literary drudges.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the reviewing of books be... an ungentle craft, the making of them is, for the most part, a dishonest one -- and that department of literature which ought to be entrusted to those only who are distinguished for their moral qualities is, not infrequently, in the hands of authors totally devoid of good taste, good feeling, and generous sentiment. The writers of Lives have, in our time, assumed a license not enjoyed by their more scrupulous predecessors -- for they interweave the adventures of the living with the memoirs of the dead; and, pretending to portray the peculiarities which sometimes mark the man of genius, they invade the privacy and disturb the peace of his surviving associates.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Books in a large university library system: 2, 000,000. Books in an average large city library: 1 0,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30, 000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20, 000.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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