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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.

Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.

A book worth reading is worth buying.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us, never cease to instruct, never cloy.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.

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

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999) American editor and writer.

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