A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
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- A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil’s policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
- A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
- A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
- The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
- There is no robber worse than a bad book.
- Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.