By Ian D. Hetri
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Books have to be read (worse luck it takes so long a time). It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West.
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.
Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh.
~Judah Ibn Tibbon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world. ~Walter Pater
No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.
That place that does contain
My books, the best companions, is to me
A glorious court, where hourly I converse
With the old sages and philosophers;
And sometimes, for variety, I confer
With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
Deface their ill-placed statues.
~Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
~Henry David Thoreau
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
O for a Booke and a shdie nooke, eyther in-a-doore or out;
With the grene leaves whisp'ring overhede, or the Streete cryes all about.
Where I maie Reade all at my ease, both of the Newe and Olde;
For a jollie goode Booke whereon to looke is better to me than Golde.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. ~Anatole France
A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. ~Jeremy Collier
Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
~Mary Wortley Montagu
I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.
Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution - such call I good books.
~Henry David Thoreau
It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.
~Sutton Elbert Griggs
Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this.
Americans like fat books and thin women.
What holy cities are to nomadic tribes - a symbol of race and a bond of union - great books are to the wandering souls of men: they are the Meccas of the mind.
God be thanked for books! they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement.