“ Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us? ”
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
A childhood without books - that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.