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Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, --you might as well take the book along with them; --one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; --he steps forth like a bridegroom, --bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.

Author: Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)

Profession: British Author

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Profession: Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?

Author: Fred Stoller

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A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.

Author: William Styron (1925)

Profession: American Novelist

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.

Author: J. Swartz

Profession:

Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.

Author: Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

Profession: British Diplomat, Essayist

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed

Author: Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

Profession: British Diplomat, Essayist

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.

Author: Helen Terry

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If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!

Author: William M. Thackeray (1811-1863)

Profession: Indian-born British Novelist

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.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution --such call I good books.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator