Quotes: books

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    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.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
    Henry David Thoreau
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    Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
  • Evan Esar
    Evan Esar
    American humorist 1899-1995
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    Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.
  • John Updike
    John Updike
    American writer and criticus 1932-
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    Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
    W. E. B. Du Bois
    American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist and writer 1868-1963
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    There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object.
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel Butler
    English poet 1612-1680
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    An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
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    A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
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    A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    Greek philosopher 469 BC - 399 BC
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    A multitude of books distracts the mind.
  • Alfred Nobel
    Alfred Nobel
    Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist 1833-1896
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    A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Roman statesman and writer 106 BC - 43 BC
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    A room without books is like a body without a soul.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    American poet 1819-1892
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
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