„A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.“
— Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 Vols.
„How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!“
— Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
— Henri Cartier-Bresson French photographer 1908 - 2004
— Margaret Fuller American feminist, poet, author, and activist 1810 - 1850
Context: There are noble books but one wants the breath of life sometimes. And I see no divine person. I myself am more divine than any I see — I think that is enough to say about them... Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1 March 1838); published in The Letters of Margaret Fuller vol. I, p. 327, , edited by Robert N. Hudspeth (1983).
„When I was little, my ambition was to grow up to be a book. Not a writer. People can be killed like ants. Writers are not hard to kill either. But not books: however systematically you try to destroy them, there is always a chance that a copy will survive and continue to enjoy a shelf-life in some corner on an out-of-the-way library somehwere in Reykjavik, Valladolid or Vancouver.“
— Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness
„Of all I have ever seen or learned, that book seems to me the noblest, the wisest, and the most powerful expression of man's life upon this earth — and also the highest flower of poetry, eloquence, and truth. I am not given to dogmatic judgments in the matter of literary creation, but if I had to make one I could say that Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, and the wisdom expressed in it the most lasting and profound.“
— Thomas Wolfe American writer 1900 - 1938
„One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.“
— Tove Jansson Finnish children's writer and illustrator 1914 - 2001