By Ian D. Hetri
When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.
For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble.
A book that is shut is but a block.
In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. ~Thomas Carlyle
There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Medicine for the soul.
~Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread.
Books are embalmed minds.
Children don't read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology.... They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff.... When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions.
~Isaac Bashevis Singer
I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
~William Lyon Phelps
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Nothing is worth reading that does not require an alert mind.
~Charles Dudley Warner
If you have never said "Excuse me" to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time.
~Sherri Chasin Calvo
The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command.
Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
~Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta, "Book Buying"
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one's encounter with it in a book.
A house without books is like a room without windows.