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Growing Up With Books: C S Lewis

I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two … Continue reading

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Books: John Milton

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction … Continue reading

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Scarlet Sins: Hilaire Belloc

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: ‘His sins were scarlet but his books were read.’ Hilaire Belloc The illustration is copyright: Inga Marchuk via Shutterstock

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The Book Worms: Robert Burns

Through and through the inspirèd leaves, Ye maggots, make your windings; But, oh! respect his lordship’s taste , And spare his golden bindings. Robert Burns The world divides into bibliophiles, who love the physical pleasure of beautiful books, and book-lovers, … Continue reading

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Books Are Our Friends: Lyman Abbott

A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still – and there are not … Continue reading

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The Necessities Of Life: P G Wodehouse

As life goes on, don’t you find that all you need is about two real friends, a regular supply of books, and a Peke? P G Wodehouse 1881-1975 Letter, 28 October 1930 The illustration of a Tibetan Spaniel Pekinese is … Continue reading

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Engrossing Reads: J D Salinger

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt … Continue reading

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Books That Influence Us: E M Forster

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves. E M Forster (1879-1970) Two Cheers for … Continue reading

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A Little Learning: Pope

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not, the Pierian spring: There shallow drafts intoxicate the brain And drinking largely sobers us again. Alexander Pope 1688-1744 An Essay on Criticism (1711) The illustration is by  Parrot … Continue reading

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