Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it is hard to read.
— Groucho Marx
To acquire the habit of reading
is to construct for yourself a refuge
from almost all of the miseries of life.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends:
they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors,
and the most patient of teachers.
— Charles W. Eliot
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
— Walt Disney
When I... discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.
— Jean Fritz
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
— Jorge Luis Borges
A library should be like a pair of open arms.
— Roger Rosenblatt
[The library] is like a place of sacredness. If we were fools at onetime, perhaps we will not be fools tomorrow, if we study.
— Chief Tom Porter
The libraries have become my candy store.
— Juliana Kimball
I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
— Mark Twain
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
— Anonymous, Chinese saying
A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.... Children learn to read being in the presence of books.
— Horace MANN (1796-1859)
He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
— Anonymous, Arabic Proverb
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.
— Anatole FRANCE
My father gave me free run of his library. When I think of my boyhood, I think in terms of the books I read.
— Jorge Luis BORGES
The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.
— Thomas Carlyle
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
— Henry Ward BEECHER
Ranganathan's Five Laws:
Books are for use.
Books are for all; or Every reader his book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
A library is a growing organism.
— Shiyali Ramamrita RANGANATHAN
There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house.
— Joe Ryan
–Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.
— Francis BACON