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.
- Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
- There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
- A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.