Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
– Ezra Loomis Pound, 1885 – 1972
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
– Gilbert Highet, 1906 – 1978
[A] book … unlike a television program, moving picture or any other “modern means of communication” … can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed.
– Joseph Wood Krutch, 1893 – 1970
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.
– Kenko Yoshida, 1283 – 1352
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 BC – AD 65
If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and … if they had been any better, I should not have come.
– Raymond Chandler, 1888 – 1959