A Passion for Books
No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of all.
John Alfred Langford
I have sought for happiness everywhere, but I have found it nowhere except in a little corner with a little book.
Thomas A Kempis
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before: you see more in you than was there before.
The result of reading is not more books but more life.
Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
It is the books we read before middle life that do most to mold our character and influence our lives.
My early and invincible love of reading,…..I would not exchange for the treasures of India.
When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue- you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night-there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.
The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can’t read them.
Every person who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
The love of reading enables a person to exchange the wearisome hours of life, which come to every one, for hours of delight.
The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
I never remain passive in the process of reading: while I read I am engaged in a constant creative activity, which leads me to remember not so much the actual matter of the book as the thoughts evoked in my mind by it, directly or indirectly.
Friends, books, a cheerful heart, and conscience clear
Are the most choice companions we have here.
My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
We use books like mirrors, gazing into them only to discover ourselves.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy conversation with superior minds….In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
William Ellery Channing
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Books are the compass and telescopes and sextants and charts which other people have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.
Jesse Lee Bennett
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.
Books are the quietest and most constant friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and most patient of teaches.
Charles W. Eliot
Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed , and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Only three things are necessary to make life happy: the blessing of God, books , and a friend.