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My early and invincible love of reading, . . . I would not exchange for the treasures of India.

Edward Gibbon Quotes , Source: Memoirs

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What they're accustomed to is no great matter, But then, alas! they've read an awful deal. [Ger., Zwar sind sie an das Beste nicht gewohnt, Allein sie haben schrecklich viel gelesen.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 13), (Bayard Taylor's translation)

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In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Citizen of the World (letter LXXV)

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The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Citizen of the World (letter LXXXIII)

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Books have always a secret influence on the understanding; we cannot at pleasure obliterate ideas: he that reads books of science, though without any desire fixed of improvement, will grow more knowing; he that entertains himself with moral or religious treatises, will imperceptibly advance in goodness; the ideas which are often offered to the mind, will at last find a lucky moment when it is disposed to receive them.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: The Adventurer (no. 137)

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A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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What is twice read is commonly better remembered that what is transcribed.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: The Idler (no. 74)

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It may be well to wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.

Johannes Kepler Quotes , Source: in "Martyrs of Science", p. 197

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I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading; I cannot sit and think. Books think for me. - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),

Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) Quotes , Source: Last Essays of Elia--Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading

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Night after night, He sat and bleared his eyes with books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

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