friends grow cold, and
the converse of intimates languishes into vapid civility and
books only continue the unaltered countenance of happier days, and
us with that true friendship which never deceived hope nor deserted
can be so good as to
be profitable when negligently read.—Seneca.
- He who
loves not books before
he comes to thirty years of age, will hardly love them enough afterward
to understand them.—Clarendon.
- I like
books. I was born and
bred among them, and have the easy feeling, when I get in their
that a stable-boy has among horses.—O.W. Holmes.
readers judge of the power
of a book by the shock it gives their feelings—as some savage tribes
the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which
fairly prostrates the purchaser.—Longfellow.
can supply the place
of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude,
affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the
good they impart.—Channing.
have a glorious conflagration
if all who cannot put fire into their works would only consent to put
works into the fire.—Colton.
and are my
comforts; morn and night,
or ill report,
the same refreshment rich,
- When a
book raises your spirit,
and inspires you with noble and courageous feelings, seek for no other
rule to judge the work by; it is good, and made by a good workman.—La
a guide in youth,
and an entertainment for age. They support us under solitude, and keep
us from becoming a burden to ourselves. They help us to forget the
of men and things, compose our cares and our passions, and lay our
asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who
have nothing of peevishness, pride or design in their
studies books alone,
will know how things ought to be; and he that studies men will know how
- It is
books as with men:
a very small number play a great part; the rest are confounded with the
are to the young
mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the
seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more,
they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless
that which is better than life.—Horace Mann.
which help you most
are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is
by easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker—it is
a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and with beauty.—Theodore
like friends, should
be few, and well chosen.
as well expect to
grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much
nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and
digestion which makes books serviceable, and gives health and vigor to