"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." - Jules Verne
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Favorite quotes

---"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." - Jules Verne

--"No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read." - David McCullough

---“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx

---The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ― Mark Twain

---"The saddest thing of all is a person that knows nothing and doesn't know that he knows nothing." - Dan Gurney

---“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” —Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

---"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.”  Calvin Coolidge

---"It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can." - Jane Hamilton

---‎"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." – P.J. O’Rourke

---"For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement. Every time you open your mouth you let people look into your mind." - Bruce Barton

---"We all break rules. What I want to know is, did you do right?" -D.W. St. John, A Terrible Beauty

---"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

---“I believe government exists to secure our liberties, which it does by defending us from violence, persuading other governments to foster free trade, and to provide a court system for redress of grievances between citizens.” -Iain Murray
---"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!" -Samuel Adams. August 1, 1776.
---Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  Stephen King, On Writing
---"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?" - Sojourner Truth. 1851. In response to a man who expressed doubts that women had the strength to take on the responsibilities of voting and active citizenship.

---"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." -Neil Gaiman

---The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. - George F. Will

---Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
---"The worst lesson that can be taught a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings. If an American is to amount to anything, he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others; he must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow men a responsibility which is not theirs." - Theodore Roosevelt, editorial in Review of Reviews, January 1897
--- "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Ray Bradbury
---“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” - George R.R. Martin
---"Behind every law is the implicit threat of force, and behind every vote is the implicit threat of rebellion. That's the bargain that holds a free society together." -Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision
--- "There is no cause so right than one cannot find a fool following it." -Larry Niven
---Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge
---"Some people say I'm obnoxious and lazy / That I'm uneducated and my opinion means nothin'" - John Mellencamp (Crumbling Down)
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