The Passion for Books : Book Quotes
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When we are collecting books,
we are collecting happiness.

Vincent Starrett

The contents
of someone's book case are part of his history
like an ancestral portrait

Anatole Broyard

A man's library is a sort of harem

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Conduct of life [1860],
"in Praise of Books"

Let every man, if possible,
gather some good books under his roof,
and obtain access for himself and family
to some social history. Almost any luxury should be sacrificed to this.

William Ellery Channing

When you bet on the horse race, you bet for win,
for place, for show. When you buy books,
you buy some to read, some to own, and some for reference.
You want to possess the books,
you wants to own them, you want to hold them.
Perhaps you even hope that you will read them

Louis Szathmary

Some books are to be tasted, others to be
swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested;
that is, some books are to be read only
in parts; others to be read but not curiously;
and some few to be read wholly,
and with diligence and attention

Francis Bacon,
"Of studies", Essays [1625]

Where is human nature so weak as in the Bookstore?

Henry Ward Beecher,
Star Papers [1855]

I cannot comfortably read a book
belonging to another person
because I feel all the time afraid of spoiling it

Lafcadio Hearn

For him that
stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not,
this book from its owner, let it change into
a serpent in his hand and rend him.
Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted.
Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy,
and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.
Let bookworms gnaw his entrails...
and when at last he goeth to his final punishment,
let the flames of Hell consume him forever.

Anonymous 'CURSE' on Books thieves from
the Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain

I have always imagined that Paradise will
be a kind of Library

Jorge Luis Borges

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.
If your soul be satiate and weary, change from garden to garden,
from furrow to furrow, from sight to sight.
Then will your desire renew itself
and your soul be satisfied with delight.

Judah Ibn Tibbon

If a book is worth reading,
it is worth buying

John Ruskin

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

Build yourself a book-nest
to forget the world without

Abraham Cowley

Without disparaging the other forms of collecting,
I confess a conviction that the human impluse
to collect reaches one of its highest levels
in the domain of books

Thedore C. Blegen

Never lend books - Nobody ever returns them;
the only books I have in my library
are those which people have lent me

Thedore C. Blegen

Books say, "she did this because....."
Life says "she did this".
Books are where things are explained to you.
Life is where things aren't. I am not surprised
that some people prefer books.
Books make sense. The ony problem is that the lives
they make sense of are other people lives,
but never your own

Julian Barnes

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book;
who kills a man kills a reasonable creature,
God's image; but he who destroys a good book,
kills reason itself, kills the image of God

Books provide a whole vehicle for the
transmission of thought that is not
matched by other forms of expression.
Other forms of expression may be as good or better for
entertainment, excitement, or provoking emotional response,
but the printed words remains the most important medium for the communication between mind
and mind on which our civilization rests.
Book was not a wad of paper.
A book was a mind, a person, many persons,
our society, civilization itself.