WE get no good
By being ungenerous even to a book,
And calculating profits,—so much help
By so much reading. It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book’s profound,
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth—
’Tis then we get the right good from a book.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
THEY do most by Books, who could do much without them, and he that chiefly owes himself unto himself is the substantial Man.
Sir Thomas Browne
SEARCH not who spoke this or that: but what is spoken.
Thomas A Kempis
TRY for yourselves what you can read in half an hour. Then multiply the half-hour by three hundred and sixty-five, and consider what treasures you might have laid by at the end of the year; and what happiness, fortitude, and wisdom they would have given you for a lifetime.