No entertainment is so cheap as reading nor any pleasure so lasting.
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude illness affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart.
The experience of the race shows that we get our most important education not through books but through our work. We are developed by our daily task, or else demoralized by it, as by nothing else.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds… In the best books great men talk to us give us their most previous thought and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.