A 35-Year Personal Compilation of Extracted Quotes (Nos 1151-1200)

1151. When a new book is published, read an old one. ~Samuel Rogers
1152. He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot. ~Arabic Proverb
1153. Borrowers of books – those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. ~Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, “The Two Races of Men,” 1822
1154. The mere brute pleasure of reading – the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. ~Lord Chesterfield
1155. An ordinary man can… surround himself with two thousand books… and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. ~Augustine Birrell
1156. Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. ~George Steiner
1157. 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. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
1158. From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world’s life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind’s own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened. ~Helen E. Haines
1159. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham
1160. How vast an estate it is that we came into as the intellectual heirs of all the watchers and searchers and thinkers and singers of the generations that are dead! What a heritage of stored wealth! What perishing poverty of mind we should be left in without it! ~J.N. Larned
1161. Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King
1162. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. ~Amos Bronson Alcott
1163. The multitude of books is making us ignorant. ~Voltaire
1164. There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written. ~Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
1165. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710
1166. The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
1167. One to whom books are as strangers has not yet learned to live. He is a solitary, though he dwell amid a vast population. On the other hand, he to whom books are as friends possesses a Key to the Garden of Delights, where the purest pleasures are open for his entertainment, and where he has for his companions the master minds of all the ages. ~Charles Noel Douglas, “Introduction,” Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical
1168. My imagination doesn’t require anything more of the book than to provide a framework within which it can wander. ~Alphonse Daudet
1169. Books have to be read (worse luck it takes so long a time). It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West. ~E.M. Forster
1170. Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, – from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. ~Charles Kingsley
1171. Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh. ~Judah Ibn Tibbon
1172. One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. ~Ishmael Reed, Writin’ is Fightin’: Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper, p.186
1173. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~Francis Bacon
1174. Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world. ~Walter Pater
1175. No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. ~Ann Landers
1176. That place that does contain
1177. My books, the best companions, is to me
1178. A glorious court, where hourly I converse
1179. With the old sages and philosophers;
1180. And sometimes, for variety, I confer
1181. With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
1182. Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
1183. Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
1184. Deface their ill-placed statues.
1185. ~Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
1186. A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint…. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. ~Henry David Thoreau
1187. To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying
1188. for a Booke and a shadie nooke, eyther in-a-doore or out;
1189. With the grene leaves whisp’ring overhede, or the Streete cryes all about.
1190. Where I maie Reade all at my ease, both of the Newe and Olde;
1191. For a jollie goode Booke whereon to looke is better to me than Golde.
1192. ~John Wilson
1193. Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. ~Anatole France
1194. A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. ~Jeremy Collier
1195. Books are immortal sons deifying their sires. ~Plato
1196. No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ~Mary Wortley Montagu

1197. I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it. ~Woodrow Wilson
1198. 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. ~Henry David Thoreau
1199. It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. ~Sutton Elbert Griggs
1200. Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this. ~Rose Macaulay


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