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A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.

A blessed companion is a book,-a book that fitly chosen is a life-long friend. See quote detail

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.

A book is the only immortality.

A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

A good book is the very essence of a good man. - His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. - All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. - A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.

A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.

A man who writes an immoral but immortal book may be tracked into eternity by a procession of lost souls from every generation, every one to be a witness against him at the judgment, to show to him and to the universe the immeasurableness of his iniquity.

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books.-The true university of these days is a collection of books.

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

Although most products will soon be too costly to purchase, there will be a thriving market in the sale of books on how to fix them.

As well almost kill a man, as kill a good book; for the life of the one is but a few short years, while that of the other may be for ages. - Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself; kills as it were, the image of God.

Bad books are like intoxicating drinks; they furnish neither nourishment, nor medicine. - Both improperly excite; the one the mind; the other the body. - The desire for each increases by being fed. - Both ruin; one the intellect; the other the health; and together, the soul. - The safeguard against each is the same - total abstinence from all that intoxicates either mind or body.

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.

Beware of the man of one book.

Books (says Bacon) can never teach the use of books; the student must learn by commerce with mankind to reduce his speculations to practice. No man should think so highly of himself as to suppose he can receive but little light from books, nor so meanly as to believe he can discover nothing but what is to be learned from them.


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