"Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man."

Thomas Fuller






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Quotations About Reading and Books

I entrench myself in my books equally against sorrow and the weather.
- Leigh Hunt

Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
George William Curtis

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity. -
- Thomas Carlyle

The proper study of mankind is books.
- Aldous Huxley

Book: A garden carried in a pocket.
- Arabian Proverb

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
- Abraham Lincoln

A home without books is like a room without windows.
- Henry Ward Beecher

A great book that comes from a great thinker,-- it is a ship of thought, deep- freighted with truth and with beauty.
- Theodore Parker

I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little
- Voltaire

Everyone who know how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, multiple the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.
- Aldous Huxley

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
- Mark Twain

Books that you may carry to the fire and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
- Samuel Johnson

The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.
- Northrup Frye

Books that are books are all that you want, and there are but a half dozen in any thousand.
Henry David Thoreau

All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books.
- Richard De Bury

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beware the man of one book.
- Latin Proverb

There is no past, as long as books shall live.
Books make the past our heritage and our home.
- Edward Bulwer Lytton

If minds are truly alive they will seek out books, for books are the human race recounting its memorable experiences, confronting its problems, searching for solutions, drawing the blueprints of it futures.
- Harry A. Overstreet

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
- Kathleen Norris
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Sir Francis Bacon

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