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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers,magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.... You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

My stories run up and bite me on the leg -- I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

Some women have a weakness for shoes... I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came, he opened to 'I hate to read new books,' and I hollered 'Comrade!' to whoever owned it before me.

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.

Plant trees. They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival: oxygen and books.

Good prose is like a windowpane.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

One of my greatest pleasures in writing has come from the thought that perhaps my work might annoy someone of comfortably pretentious position. Then comes the saddening realization that such people rarely read.

If we encountered a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read.

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

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