What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle, Scottish author, essayist, & historian (1795 - 1881)
I cannot live without books.
- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)
I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
- Anna Quindlen, (1953 - )
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist author (1817 - 1862)
The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book