I think the author
who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who
talks about her own children.
— Benjamin Disraeli
Men of the pen have seldom any great skill in conquering kingdoms,
but they have strong inclination to give advice.
— Samuel Johnson, Works
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed
— Amos Bronson Alcott, Table-talk
A book Is a garden. A book is an orchard. A book is a storehouse.
A book is a party. It is company by the way; it is a counsellor;
it is a multitude of counsellors.
— Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books
I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me.
— Anatole France
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
— Oswald Chambers
I was sorry to hear my name mentioned as one of the great authors,
because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, so
is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I am not feeling very well myself.
- Mark Twain
Liber delictatio animae [Books, the delight of the soul].