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There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.

The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.


I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.

Louis Aragon (1897-1982) French poet, novelist, and essayist.

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

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

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

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