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Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.

Substitute damn every time you're inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers, who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can't be in books. Books need you!

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it.

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.

When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.

I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.

The paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace the hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.

She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.

Never judge a book by its movie.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Fortunately everybody drinks water.

When I am dead
I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet
but his books were read.'

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibres as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.

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