Books - Reading My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon. My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE »But who would rush at a benighted man, and give him two black eyes for being blind?Oh, God! that bread should be so dear! And flesh and blood so cheap!Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold.But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.