The Power of Books and Reading -- Quotes that Inspire

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 ~

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested:
that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. 
~ Francis Bacon ~

There is more treasure in books than
in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
~ Walt Disney ~

Books constitute capital.
A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years.
It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital,
and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life,
it is their only capital.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials for knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what we read ours. 
~ John Locke ~

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day,
if it is but a single sentence. 
If you gain fifteen minutes a day,
it will make itself felt at the end of the year.
~ Horace Mann ~

I must say that I find television very educational. 
The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. 
~ Groucho Marx  ~

I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.
~ Charles de Secondat ~

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

We shouldn't teach great books;
we should teach a love of reading.
~ B. F. Skinner ~

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. 
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

The man who doesn't read good books
has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
 ~ Mark Twain ~