Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
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- The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
- We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
- The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that ailment, whose property is to feed it.
- Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
- Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
- Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.