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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) French philosopher and poet.

Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

Never read any book that is not a year old.

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


Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.

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

We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.

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

A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.