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.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
Child! Do not throw this book about;
refrain from the unholy pleasure
of cutting all the pictures out!
Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
To every man who struggles with his own soul in mystery, a book that is a book flowers once, and seeds, and is gone.
A book is not harmless merely because no one is consciously offended by it.
A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hours, and the books of all time.
A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured upon purpose to a life beyond life.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature. God's image. But he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays -- cynical but hopeful.
The book is good
which puts me in a working mind.
Nothing links man to man like the frequent passage from hand to hand of a good book.
We all know books burn -- yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know books are weapons.
All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books