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Helen Keller – Gracious discourse of book-friends

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Helen KellerLiterature is my utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

Helen Keller   (1880-1968)
The Story of My Life

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Yoshida Kenko – To sit alone in the lamplight with a book

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Yoshida KenkoTo sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare.

Yoshida Kenko   (1284 – 1350)

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Dwight Eisenhower – Read every book in the library

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Dwight EisenhowerDon’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.

Dwight Eisenhower   (1890-1969)

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Judge the power of a book

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Henry Wadsworth LongfellowMany readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings – as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

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Saul Bellow – Every human, a diversity of existences

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Saul BellowA novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part…it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice.

Saul Bellow   (1915-2005)

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Jim Rohn – Some people claim that it is okay

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Jim RohnSome people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.

Jim Rohn   (1930-2009)

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Salman Rushdie – Falling in love with a book

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Salman RushdieWhen a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.

Salman Rushdie   (1947-)

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