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O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick! Fling ''Peregrine Pickle'' under the toilette --throw ''Roderick Random'' into the closet --put ''The Innocent Adultery'' into ''The Whole Duty of Man''; thrust ''Lord Aimworth'' under the sofa! cram ''Ovid'' behind the bolster; there --put ''The Man of Feeling'' into your pocket. Now for them.

Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Dramatist

What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, moldering books.

Author: Andre Sinyavsky


People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

Author: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Profession: Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist

Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.

Author: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Profession: Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist

No furniture is so charming as books.

Author: Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Profession: British Writer, Clergyman

Live always in the best company when you read.

Author: Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Profession: British Writer, Clergyman

A multitude of books distracts the mind.

Author: Socrates

Profession: Greek Philosopher of Athens

Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.

Author: Steven Spielberg (1947)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.

Author: Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729)

Profession: British Dramatist, Essayist, Editor

A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.

Author: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

Profession: American Author

The age of the book is almost gone.

Author: George Steiner (1929)

Profession: French-born American Critic, Novelist

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

Author: Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842)

Profession: French Writer

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.

Author: Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)

Profession: British Author