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On Books and Reading


“I can’t live without books.” -Thomas Jefferson

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” Louisa May Alcott


It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

-“Ever since I was a little kid I have thought that there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a world as if they were little gods or sorcerers. All my life I’ve felt there was something magical about people who could get into other people’s minds nd skin, who could take people like me out of themselves and then take us back to ourselves. And you know what? I still do.” ~ Anne Lamott

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorge Luis Borges

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” -Mark Twain

“I find television very educational. Every time somebody switches it on I go into the other room and read a good book.” -Groucho Marx

It would almost seem that Providence, or some “second cause” of a very obscure kind, quite overrules our previous tastes when it decides to bring two minds together. Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love.” C.S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy)

“Life transforming ideas have always come to me through books.” -Oliver Wendall Holmes

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.” -Henry David Thoreau

“On a Saturday afternoon in winter, when nose and fingers might be pinched enough to give an added relish to the anticipation of tea and fireside, and the whole weekend’s reading lay ahead, I suppose I reached as much happiness as is ever to be reached on earth and especially if there were some new, long coveted book awaiting me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“No days…were happier than those on which the afternoon post brought me a neat little parcel in grey paper.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“You can’t tell a book by its movie.” -Louis A Safian

“Man builds no structure which outlives book.” -Eugene Fitch Ware

“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.” -Christopher Morley

One More Chapter!“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” -Abraham Lincoln

“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.” -Kenko Yoshida

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.” -Jessamyn West

“Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.” -George Steiner

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” -James Russell Lowell

“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.” -Franz Kafka

“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

“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.” -Washington Irving