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If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.

    Author: Francois Fenelon

It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson

How different is the poet from the mystic. The former uses symbols, knowing they are symbols; the latter mistakes them for realities.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson

Multifarious reading weakens the mind more than doing nothing, for it becomes a necessity, at last, like smoking: and is an excuse for the mind to lie dormant whilst thought is poured in, and runs through, a clear stream over unproductive gravel, on which not even mosses grow. It is the idlest of all idleness, and leaves more of impotency than any other.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson

I read hard, or not at all; never skimming, and never turning aside to merely inviting books; and Plato, Aristotle, Butler, Thucydides, Jonathan Edwards, have passed, like the iron atoms of the blood, into my mental constitution.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book.

    Author: George Macdonald

They are not the best students who are most dependent on books. What can be got out of them is at best only material; a man must build his house for himself.

    Author: George Macdonald

The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that aliment, whose property is to feed it.

    Author: Hannah More

Many works of fiction may be read with safety; some even with profit; but the constant familiarity, even with such as are not exceptionable in themselves, relaxes the mind, which needs hardening; dissolves the heart, which wants fortifying; stirs the imagination, which wants quieting; irritates the passions, which want calming; and, above all, disinclines and disqualifies for active virtues and for spiritual exercises.

    Author: Hannah More

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

    Author: Helen Keller

Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.

    Author: Hosea Ballou

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.

    Author: John Selden

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