A good book on your shelf is a friend
that turns its back on you and remains a friend.
The worth of a book is to be measured by
what you can carry away from it.
If there’s a book you really want to read
but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are
the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of
~Charles W. Eliot
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a
little as if you have lost a friend.
“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough,
but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation
and closed with profit.
~Amos Bronson Alcott
Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being
aburden to ourselves.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily.
That is what Fiction means.
I love everything that’s old,- old friends, old times,
old manners, old books, old wine.
Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support
us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves.
They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our
cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments asleep.
When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead,
who have nothing of peevishness, pride or design in their conversation