„Books are keys that open many doors.“

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„Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Ch. 21 : The Path to Freedom, p. 357
The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995)
Contexto: Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate — with the best teachers — the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere. Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.

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„Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book.“

—  Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931

The Philosophy of Paine (1925)
Contexto: Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp. There is nothing false, little that is subtle, and an impressive lack of the negative in Paine. He literally cried to his reader for a comprehending hour, and then filled that hour with such sagacious reasoning as we find surpassed nowhere else in American letters — seldom in any school of writing.

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„This book will then be a key admitting to places the gates of which would otherwise be closed. When the gates are opened and men enter, their souls will enjoy repose, their eyes will be gratified, and even their bodies, after all toil and labour, will be refreshed.“

—  Maimónides, livro The Guide for the Perplexed

Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Introduction
Contexto: Having concluded these introductory remarks I proceed to examine those expressions, to the true meaning of which, as apparent from the context, it is necessary to direct your attention. This book will then be a key admitting to places the gates of which would otherwise be closed. When the gates are opened and men enter, their souls will enjoy repose, their eyes will be gratified, and even their bodies, after all toil and labour, will be refreshed.

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„The book that I shall make people read is the book of the heart, which holds the key to the mystery of life.“

—  Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969

Part of his public message upon arrival on his second visit to America (19 May 1932).
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„You cannot open a book without learning something.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.

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„A book is a gift you can open again and again.“

—  Garrison Keillor American radio host and writer 1942

Attributed to Keillor in The Miracle of Language‎ (1999) by Richard Lederer, p. 149, this statement also appears in What‎? (1988) by Ronald Silliman, p. 28:
A book is a gift you can open again and again especially when you're writing it yourself.
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