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Books are the best of things if well used; if abused, among the worst. They are good for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

Author: Cliff Fadiman

Profession: American Writer

The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

Read in order to live.

Author: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Profession: French Novelist

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

Read much, but not many books.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat