If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted ...but to weigh and consider.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.
Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.
George R.R. Martin
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.
A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.
If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.
I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print, the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big green fig-tree.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
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