By Ian D. Hetri
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. ~Abraham Lincoln
The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.
I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.
~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
~Logan Pearsall Smith, Trivia, 1917
Books had instant replay long before televised sports. ~Bern Williams
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor's prohibited list.
In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~James Russell Lowell
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life." ~Helen Exley
There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
A book is to me like a hat or coat - a very uncomfortable thing until the newness has been worn off.
~Charles B. Fairbanks
If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.
Books are the glass of council to dress ourselves by.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Reading means borrowing.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms
Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.
~Jesse Lee Bennett
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ~Harper Lee
The scholar only knows how dear these silent, yet eloquent, companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours become in the season of adversity. When all that is worldly turns to dross around us, these only retain their steady value.