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The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.


The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.