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Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a certain potency of life in them, to be as active as the soul whose progeny they are; they preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of the living intellect that bred them.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason itself.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

A good book is the precious life-blood of the master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer

Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that ailment, whose property is to feed it.

Author: Hannah More (1745-1833)

Profession: British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist

Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.

Author: John Morely

Profession:

You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.

Author: John Morely

Profession:

A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.

Author: William Murray (1705-1793)

Profession: American Judge

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.

Author: Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

Profession: Chilean Poet

Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Read good, big important things.

Author: Peggy Noonan (1950)

Profession: American Author, Presidential Speechwriter