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No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.

Our Mutual Friend
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Oliver Twist
One might say that the novel is the genre that most predisposes one to a profound insight into the tremendous life around us, instead of putting forward one's own tiny ego as the centre of the universe.
Fiction is a particularly effective way for strangers to connect across time and distance.

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

Sense And Sensibility
How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!

Pride and Prejudice
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! - When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

Pride and Prejudice
When a book lacks suggestive power, however hard it hits the surface of the mind it cannot penetrate within.

A Room of One's Own
I like books whose virtue is all drawn together in a page or two. I like sentences that don't budge though armies cross them.

Jacob's Room
Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned - in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages?

Jacob's Room
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."