“We read to know we are not alone.” -C.S. Lewis or my favorite quotes about books

“For books are more than books, they are the life
The very heart and core of ages past,
The reason why men lived and worked and died,
The essence and quintessence of their lives.”
-Amy Lowell

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” -Barbara Tuchman

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” -Cicero

“The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.” -Elizabeth Drew

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” -Elizabeth Hardwick

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum — of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.” -Henry Miller

“The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.” -Katharine Mansfield (description of my ideal man)

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” -Kathleen Norris

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”
-Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

“Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” -Lenore Hershey

“It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds… In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most previous thought, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.” -William Ellery Channing

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