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People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading*

From Pratchett to Socrates (it makes sense when you read it honestly)

I found some fab quotes about books and reading, which I thought I'd post here as they are two of my favourite things, EVER (although it's tough to choose between tea, cats, handbags and shoes):

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
Ben Franklin

"When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food."
Deciderius Erasmus

"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

"I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library..."

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
Chinese proverb

"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."
Chinese saying

"A home without books is a body without soul."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves."
Gilbert Highet

"Old bookshops are so much fewer than they were, but they are still a good place to take leave of your troubles."
Barry Humphries

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us."
Franz Kafka

"We read to know we are not alone."
C.S. Lewis

"Outside of a dog a book is a man's best friend, inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx

"Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond."
John Milton

"...not a book to be put down lightly but to be hurled with some force into the corner of the room."
Dorothy Parker

"It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as "slightly foxed", although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well."
Terry Pratchett

"Prefer knowledge to wealth, for one is transitory, the other perpetual."

"Look upon books frankly as a vice, but one which leaves some respectable evidence of its pleasure to show for it."
Norman Strouse

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
Mark Twain

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
Mark Twain

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house."
Henry Ward Beecher

"In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out."

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