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Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.

Author: Nicholson Baker (1957)

Profession: American Author

When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.

Author: Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Prime Minister

Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.

Author: E.S. Barrett


The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Profession: British Playwright

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.

Author: Barrow


The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.

Author: Stan Barstow (1928)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: ''His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.''

Author: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Profession: British Author

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.

Author: Stephen Vincent Benet (1989-1943)

Profession: American Novelist, Poet

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.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher