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Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, --where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Read Homer once, and you can read no more. For all books else appear so mean, and so poor. Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, and Homer will be all the books you need.

Author: Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist, Dramatist

In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.

Author: Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Profession: British Writer, Critic

Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.

Author: Richard De Bury (1287-1345)

Profession: British Chancellor

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print; A book's a book, although there's nothing in it.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands two new approaches to the written word. First, it requires a new approach to orchestrating information, by skillfully choosing what to read and what to ignore. Second, it requires a new approach to integrating information, by reading faster and with greater comprehension.

Author: Jimmy Calano

Profession:

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.

Author: Joyce Carey

Profession:

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author