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Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

Author: Isaac Disraeli

Profession:

You will, I am sure, agree with me that... if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Profession: British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''

Never judge a book by its movie.

Author: J. W. Eagan

Profession:

Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman ''other'' or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.

Author: Terry Eagleton (1943)

Profession: British Critic

The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.

Author: Umberto Eco (1929)

Profession: Italian Novelist and critic

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.

Author: Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Profession: American Theologian

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Never read any book that is not a year old.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist