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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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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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Ray Bradbury – You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture

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Ray BradburyThe problem in our country isn’t with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us – it’s all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind. You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury  

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Meek young men group up in libraries

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Ralph Waldo EmersonMeek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Jim Rohn – Those who will not read

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Jim RohnThose who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.

Jim Rohn   (1930-2009)

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