A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with “a sort of greedy enjoyment,” as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was “saturated with the bouquet of silence”.
The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.
Intuition is reason in a hurry.
Your library is your portrait.
We are more inclined to regret our virtues than our vices; but only the very honest will admit this.
Beware of your habits. The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing.
Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest of cowardice.
- C. P. Scott British Publisher, Journalist
- George Augustus Henry Sala British Journalist
- Katharine Whitehorn English Journalist, Writer
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin American Writer, Journalist
- Rudyard Kipling British Children’s Books Writer
- Mary Wollstonecraft British Children’s Books Writer
- Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell British Military Leader, Writer
- G. K. Chesterton English Journalist
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- Daniel Defoe English Writer