Literature is the language of society, as speech is the language of man.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight.
Be you writer or reader, it is very pleasant to run away in a book.
A house without books is like a room without windows.
I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now--only that place where the books are kept.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum.
When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, 'Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.'
A library is thought in cold storage.
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
A real book is not one that we read but one that reads us.
A good book contains more wealth than a good bank.
Why do we read? We read to know we are not alone.
Can you grow kumquats here?" Wei-Ching asked. "I've always liked kumquats." "I can grow just about anything you like!" Hsun-ching boasted. "You tell me what you want, and I'll plant it." Wei-Ching laughed and said, "Too bad you can't plant books.
Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.
It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one.
A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?