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"Most people are other people, their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation" ~Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

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A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
~ John Steinbeck - [Books and Reading]

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A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Character]

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A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.
~ William Styron - [Books and Reading]

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A multitude of books distracts the mind.
~ Socrates - [Books and Reading]

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Books and Reading]

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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Books and Reading]

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Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
~ Sir William Temple - [Books and Reading]

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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; --one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; --he steps forth like a bridegroom, --bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.
~ Laurence Sterne - [Books and Reading]

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For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
~ George Eliot - [Character]

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If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
~ William M. Thackeray - [Books and Reading]

 

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