If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
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- After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
- The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
- What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
- No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment.
- Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, –till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.
- The true university of these days is a collection of books.