„[ Woe be to him that reads but one book. ]“

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„No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.“

— Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944
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„What sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading some book which every one else is reading.“

— Alice James American diarist 1848 - 1892
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