By Ian D. Hetri
From my point of view, a book is a literary prescription put up for the benefit of someone who needs it.
He fed his spirit with the bread of books.
Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.
Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death hath no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
Never judge a book by its movie.
I love to lose myself in other men's minds.... Books think for me.
Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money.
The wise man reads both books and life itself.
I like intellectual reading. It's to my mind what fiber is to my body.
I often derive a peculiar satisfaction in conversing with the ancient and modern dead, - who yet live and speak excellently in their works. My neighbors think me often alone, - and yet at such times I am in company with more than five hundred mutes - each of whom, at my pleasure, communicates his ideas to me by dumb signs - quite as intelligently as any person living can do by uttering of words.
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be -
I had a mother who read to me.
~Strickland Gillilan (Thanks, Laurel)
He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. ~Lord Chesterfield
An ordinary man can... surround himself with two thousand books... and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.
We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world's life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind's own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened.
~Helen E. Haines
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
~W. Somerset Maugham
How vast an estate it is that we came into as the intellectual heirs of all the watchers and searchers and thinkers and singers of the generations that are dead! What a heritage of stored wealth! What perishing poverty of mind we should be left in without it!
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
~Amos Bronson Alcott
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written.
~Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710