— Beverly Cleary American writer of children's books 1916
„It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home.“
— Lev Grossman, livro The Magician's Land
Fonte: The Magician's Land
„Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Pearls of Wisdom
„When you are reading a book in a dark room, and come to a difficult part, you take it to a window to get more light. So take your Bibles to Christ.“
— Robert Murray M'Cheyne British writer 1813 - 1843
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 39.
„Books serve us simply by opening a window on all we wanted to say and feel and think about. We may not even notice that they have not said it themselves till we go back to them years later and do not find what we loved in them. You cannot keep the view by taking the window with you.“
— James Richardson American poet 1950
Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays (2001)
„Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; —& they are the life, the soul of reading; — take them out of this book for instance, — you might as well take the book along with them.“
— Laurence Sterne, livro The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Book I, Ch. 22.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767)
„[On libraries] What's great about them is that anybody can go into them and find a book and borrow it free of charge and read it. They don't have to steal it from a bookshop… You know when you're young, you're growing up, they're almost sexually exciting places because books are powerhouses of knowledge, and therefore they're kind of slightly dark and dangerous. You see books that kind of make you go 'Oh!“
— Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957
Room 101 (2001)
„If you steal from one book you are condemned as a plagiarist, but if you steal from ten books you are considered a scholar, and if you steal from thirty or forty books, a distinguished scholar.“
— Amos Oz, livro A Tale of Love and Darkness
Fonte: A Tale of Love and Darkness
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Attributed to Cicero in J. M. Braude's Speaker's Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, & Anecdotes (Jaico Pub. House, 1966), p. 52.
Dennis McHenry in a 2011 post at theCAMPVS.com http://thecampvs.com/2011/08/03/cicero-on-books-and-the-soul/ identified a source for the exact form of words in the essay "On the Pleasure of Reading" http://books.google.com/books?id=0YfQAAAAMAAJ&dq=cicero%20%22room%20without%20books%22%20%2B%22contemporary%20review%22&pg=PA240#v=onepage&q&f=false by Sir John Lubbock, published in The Contemporary Review, vol. 49 (1886) https://archive.org/details/contemporaryrev55unkngoog, pp. 240–51 https://archive.org/stream/contemporaryrev55unkngoog#page/n250/mode/2up, in which Lubbock wrote that "Cicero described a room without books as a body without a soul" (p. 241). The same sentence may also be found on p. 61 https://archive.org/stream/thepleasuresofli01lubbuoft#page/60/mode/2up of Lubbock's collection The Pleasures of Life. Part I. 18th edition (London and New York : Macmillan and Co. 1890) https://archive.org/details/thepleasuresofli01lubbuoft, in a lecture titled "A Song of Books". McHenry suggested that Lubbock may have had in mind the words "postea vero quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit mens addita videtur meis aedibus" at Cicero, Ad Atticum 4.8, which are translated by E. O. Winstedt on p. 293 https://archive.org/stream/letterstoatticus01ciceuoft#page/292/mode/2up of Cicero: Letters to Atticus I (London : William Heinemann, and New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons 1912) https://archive.org/details/letterstoatticus01ciceuoft "Since Tyrannio has arranged my books, the house seems to have acquired a soul", and by Evelyn Shuckburgh on p. 234 https://archive.org/stream/cu31924012541433#page/n283/mode/2up of The Letters of Cicero. Vol. I. B. C. 68–52 (London : George Bell and Sons 1908) https://archive.org/details/cu31924012541433 "Moreover, since Tyrannio has arranged my books for me, my house seems to have had a soul added to it" (although the Latin word " mens http://athirdway.com/glossa/?s=mens", rendered "soul" by both Winstedt and Shuckburgh, is more usually translated by the English "mind"). D. R. Shackleton Bailey in Cicero's Letters to Atticus (Harmondsworth : Penguin Books 1978), p. 162, translated "And now that Tyrannio has put my books straight, my house seems to have woken to life".
Variante: Ut conclave sine libris ita corpus sine anima" A room without books is like a body without a soul
„Books are the most wonderful friends in the world. When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more.“
— Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
Fonte: Life Is Worth Living
„Take a book, the poorest one written, but read it with the passion that it is the only book you will read-ultimately you will read everything out of it, that is, as much as there was in yourself, and you could never get more out of reading, even if you read the best of books.“
— Sören Kierkegaard, livro Stages on Life's Way
Stages on Life's Way, 1845 p. 363-364
1840s, Stages on Life's Way (1845)
„Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
— Alan Bennett, livro The Uncommon Reader
Fonte: The Uncommon Reader
— Carol Shields American author 1935 - 2003
— Sharon Creech American writer of children's novels 1945