“Since I was trying so hard to make books lead my life, I didn’t want to read them and then just put them back on the shelf and say, “good book,” as if I was patting a good dog. I wanted books to change me, and I wanted to write books that would change others.”
― Jack GantosHole in My Life

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”  — Ernest Hemingway

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“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” — Gary Paulsen

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.” — Marcel Proust

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.” — Lloyd Alexander

Victor Hugo

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”  — Confucius

“I cannot live without books.” — Thomas Jefferson

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