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.
And my father always took me to the library. We were both book addicts.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.
The will of man is his happiness.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.
What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
I do not understand what the man who is happy wants in order to be happier.
When a great change is effected in human affairs it brings on by degrees a corresponding change in human conceptions. After the discovery of the Indies and of America, after the invention of printing and the multiplication of books, after the restoration of classic antiquity and the Reformation of Luther, any conception of the world then formed could no longer remain monastic and mystic.
I've realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don't trust my instincts - Thats when I get in trouble.
There's always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you're happy with the looks you're born with, then what are you going to do your whole life?. We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we're not happy with what we're given.
No man is happy; he is at best fortunate.