A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books and life


How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

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A Quote by Edwin Percy Whipple on books, light, sea, and time

Books, - lighthouses erected in the great sea of time, - books, the precious depositories of the thoughts and creations of genius, - books, by whose sorcery times past become time present, and the whole pageantry of the world's history moves in solemn procession before our eyes; - these were to visit the firesides of the humble, and lavish the treasures of the intellect upon the poor.

Edwin Percy Whipple (1819 - 1886)

Source: Literature & Life

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A Quote by Christopher Darlington Morley on books, earth, humor, and sea

Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.

Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Source: Parnassus on Wheels

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on books and dream

When you are old and gray and full of sleep  
  And nodding by the fire, take down this book,  
  And slowly read, and dream of the soft look  
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Oxford Book of English Verse

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A Quote by Mark Twain on books, life, self, and words

What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words!  His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.  All day long, and every day, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those other things, are his history.  His acts and his words are merely the visible, thin crust of his world, with its scattered snow summits and its vacant wastes of water - and they are so trifling a part of his bulk! a mere skin enveloping it.  The mass of him is hidden - it and its volcanic fires that toss and boil, and never rest, night, nor day.  These are his life, and they are not written, and cannot be written.  Every day would make a whole book of eighty thousand words - three hundred and sixty-five books a year.  Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man - the biography of the man himself cannot be written.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Studies in Biography

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on books


I feel the need of reading.  It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books...  Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith & Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President

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A Quote by W. Somerset Maugham on books


When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

W. Somerset Maugham

Source: Of Human Bondage

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A Quote by Bob Dylan on books, people, and quotations

People talk over situations,
Read books, repeat quotations,
Draw conclusions on the wall.

Bob Dylan (1941 -)

Source: Love Minus Zero/No Limit

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A Quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti on love, everything, extraordinary thing, nature, beauty, jiddu krishnamurthi, beyond violence, and books

If you have this extraordinary thing going in your life, then it is everything; then you become the teacher, the disciple, the neighbour, the beauty of the cloud -- you are all that, and that is love.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Source: Beyond Violence

Contributed by: Mila

A Quote by Seth Godin on business, books, and reading

So, how to read a business book:

1. Decide, before you start, that you’re going to change three things about what you do all day at work. Then, as you’re reading, find the three things and do it. The goal of the reading, then, isn’t to persuade you to change, it’s to help you choose what to change.

2. If you’re going to invest a valuable asset (like time), go ahead and make it productive. Use a postit or two, or some index cards or a highlighter. Not to write down stuff so you can forget it later, but to create marching orders. It’s simple: if three weeks go by and you haven’t taken action on what you’ve written down, you wasted your time.

3. It’s not about you, it’s about the next person. The single best use of a business book is to help someone else. Sharing what you read, handing the book to a person who needs it... pushing those around you to get in sync and to take action--that’s the main reason it’s a book, not a video or a seminar. A book is a souvenir and a container and a motivator and an easily leveraged tool. Hoarding books makes them worth less, not more.

Seth Godin

Source: How to read a business book:

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