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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes, mathematician
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Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom. Thomas Jefferson, president
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Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain, author
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A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis, novelist
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If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success? Jerry Seinfeld, comedian
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Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. Mark Haddon, novelist
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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Augustine of Hippo, philosopher
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What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. C.S. Lewis, novelist
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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em! John Waters, director
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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman, author
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All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened. Ernest Hemingway, novelist
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Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. Anna Quindlen, journalist
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Jane Austen, writer
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So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall. Roald Dahl, novelist
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Good books don't give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King, author
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We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever. Philip Pullman, writer
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Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back. John Green,
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis, novelist
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All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books. Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher
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Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen. Maimonides, philosopher
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I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. George Carlin, comedian
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So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be. Stephen Chbosky,
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You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book. Sherry K. Plummer,
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Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard, dramatist
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Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. Voltaire, writer
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The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. Jean Cocteau, director
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A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man. Edmond de Goncourt, writer
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Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott, novelist
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A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. William Styron, novelist
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Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it. Moses Hadas, writer
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My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water. Mark Twain, author
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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami, writer
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Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. Hermann Hesse, novelist
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The true university of these days is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Henry David Thoreau, author
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From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. Helen Hayes, actress
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Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society. Libraries are only good if people use them, like books only exist when someone reads them. Nicholas Meyer, writer
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So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa, musician
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It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book. Stephen Chbosky,
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A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. David Mitchell,
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If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books and the Quest for Tomorrow books, you'll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic questions that Star Trek asked. William Shatner, actor
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People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency. Johann von Goethe, writer
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When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it. Philip Roth, novelist
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A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone. Emile M. Cioran, philosopher
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Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read. Mark Twain, author
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The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,'The medicines of the soul. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
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A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist
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The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity. Ezra Pound, poet
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There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight. Ezra Pound, poet
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Books tap the wisdom of our species -- the greatest minds, the best teachers -- from all over the world and from all our history. And they're patient. Carl Sagan, scientist
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Leisure without literature is death and burial alive. Marcus Annaeus Seneca, rhetorician
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I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less. Alex Haley, novelist
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It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Winston Churchill, statesman
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Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
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To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. Claud-Adrian Helvetius, philosopher
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The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith, Jr., clergyman
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I read over a hundred books a year and have done so since I was fifteen years old, and every book I've read has taught me something. Nicholas Sparks, author
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There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life. Walt Disney Company,
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Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun. J.R.R. Tolkien, writer
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Without story books is like a person with no soul. Stephen King, author
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In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have. Alan Bennett, dramatist
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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. Italo Calvino, journalist
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Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood. Eric Hoffer, writer
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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. Henry James, writer
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There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity. Mario Vargas Llosa, writer
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Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions. Iris Murdoch, author
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The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature. George Orwell, author
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Remarks are not literature. Gertrude Stein, author
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Even bad books are books and therefore sacred. Gunter Grass, author
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Reading is such a personal thing to me. I'd much rather give someone a gift certificate to a bookstore, and let that person choose his or her own books. Erik Larson, author
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There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all. Jackie Kennedy, first lady
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We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. B. F. Skinner, psychologist
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A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison, novelist
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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles William Eliot, educator
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In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. Mark Twain, author
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I was with book, as a woman is with child. C.S. Lewis, novelist
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I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900. Nick Hornby, writer
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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert, novelist
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In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you. Mortimer Adler, philosopher
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Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different styles. R. L. Stine, writer
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Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books. Gaston Bachelard, philosopher
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There are books which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. Vaclav Havel, leader
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A publisher is a specialized form of bank or building society, catering for customers who cannot cope with life and are therefore forced to write about it. Colin Haycraft,
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The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
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Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas! D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence, novelist
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If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist
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In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people. Andre Maurois, writer
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If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble. JeanPaul Sartre,
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As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. Wallace Stevens, poet
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The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them. Bruno Bettelheim, writer
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You could say, in a vulgar Freudian way, that I am the unhappy child who escapes into books. Even as a child, I was most happy being alone. This has not changed. Slavoj Zizek, philosopher
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All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. Carl Sagan, scientist
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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. Walt Whitman, poet
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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. William Hazlitt, critic
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You cannot write for children They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. Maurice Sendak, artist
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon, philosopher
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The proper study of mankind is books. Aldous Huxley, novelist
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An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
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A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts. Axel Munthe, writer
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The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is. Allan Bloom, philosopher
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Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. George Washington Carver, scientist
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You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. Saint Bernard, saint
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The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history. Noam Chomsky, activist
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Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books. John Dingell, politician
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Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind. Nicholas Sparks, author
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From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it. Groucho Marx, comedian
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The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. Ray Bradbury, writer
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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket,
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My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot in the world is useless if you don't populate them with characters that readers can care about. Jeffery Deaver, writer
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Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid. Dean Koontz, author
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I read a book a day when I was a kid. My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house. Amy Tan, novelist
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My room for books and study or for sitting and thinking about nothing in particular to see what would happen was at the end of a hall. Carl Sandburg, poet
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I take refuge in my books. Julia Ward Howe, activist
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As a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I believe tougher enforcement of our nation's existing gun laws must be done before any more laws are enacted and put on the books. Jeff Miller, politician
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The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible. Hugh Blair, theologian
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A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. Robertson Davies, novelist
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The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it. Vaclav Havel, leader
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Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep. D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence, novelist
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Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead. Sinclair Lewis, novelist
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A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist
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For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books. Herman Melville, novelist
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That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker? Arthur Miller, playwright
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A literary movement consists of five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially. George Moore,
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A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices. Pablo Neruda, writer
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If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays. Ezra Pound, poet
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There can be no literary equivalent to truth. Laura Riding, poet
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Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way. Salman Rushdie, novelist
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Perversity is the muse of modern literature. Susan Sontag, author
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How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend? Wallace Stevens, poet
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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes. Thornton Wilder, novelist
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It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass. Eudora Welty, author
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Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything. Jane Austen, writer
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One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises. Chanakya, politician
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The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing. Richard Wright, novelist
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I find myself gravitating towards drama. It interests me. In the books I read, the paintings I like, it's always the darker stuff. Naomi Watts, actress
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I was always a big fan of the books and over the years I've become quite attached to Ron and we've meshed into the same person, really. Rupert Grint, actor
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Publishing the lyric books, poetry or comics of other musicians I know. That's the thing I really want to break into! Frank Iero, musician
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I grew up reading 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice' - girly kind of books. Leighton Meester, actress
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I've actually not read any books on time management. Elon Musk, businessman
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