You're never too old, too wacky, too wild
to pick up a book and read to a child.
In my view, nineteen pounds of old books are at least nineteen times as delicious as one pound of fresh caviar.
All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.
What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
In the beginning I was just giving books away. I got a new book, I gave away an old one. I always keep just seven. But then I began to find that others were leaving books where I had left mine and I thought, these are for me. So now I replenish my library with the random gifts of unknown strangers and I never know what I will read next.
'When I'm done with the book,' she said, 'it is also done with me and moves on. I leave it on a bench in Columbus Park.'
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
I advised you to dispose of your books, and advise it still. Be sure to do it, it will give you peace of mind.
But at the same time be careful not to become narrow-minded, or afraid of reading what is well written, quite the contrary, such writings are a source of comfort in life.
Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice
Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.
Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.
No book is the same twice.
Books lie in wake for our readiness.
Literary experiences are experiences.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you'll go.
Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose
Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.
Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.