A book is the only immortality.
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- Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
- Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- A good book is the very essence of a good man. His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.
- Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
- There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
- There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?