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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

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.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.


Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.

William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.

There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Read in order to live.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) French novelist.