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Quotes about books and reading

“A book holds a house of gold.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“We read to know we are not alone.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“If I had no books, I would dry up like a dead caterpillar.” ~ Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril and Romance by Marthe Jocelyn

“Books are an amazing human invention. They allow instant access to information simply by turning pieces of paper. They are much faster to use than computers. Surprisingly, humans invented books before computers. They do many things backward.” ~ Animorphs #8: The Alien by K.A. Applegate

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it is hard to read.” ~ Groucho Marx

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” ~ Mortimer J. Adler

“I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me: I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” ~ Malcolm X

He ate and drank the precious Words –
His Spirit grew robust –
He knew no more that he was poor,
Not that his frame was Dust –

He danced along the dingy Days
And this Bequest of Wings
Was but a Book – What Liberty
A loosened spirit brings –
~ Emily Dickinson

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  1. debbie k. permalink
    May 8, 2009 4:13 am

    If I had no books, I would be MUCH worse off than a dead caterpillar! Life would be very very sad, and also colorless.

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