Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.