Monday, November 28, 2011


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.
~S.M. Crothers


He fed his spirit with the bread of books.
~Edwin Markham


Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.
~John Ruskin


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.
~J. Swartz


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.
~John LeCarre


Never judge a book by its movie.
~J.W. Eagan


I love to lose myself in other men's minds.... Books think for me.
~Charles Lamb


Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money.
~John Lyly


The wise man reads both books and life itself.
~Lin Yutang


I like intellectual reading. It's to my mind what fiber is to my body.
~Grey Livingston


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.
~Laurence Sterne


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.
~Arabic Proverb


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.
~Augustine Birrell


Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.
~George Steiner


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!
~J.N. Larned


Books are a uniquely portable magic.
~Stephen King


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



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