acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a
almost all of the miseries of life."
W. Somerset Maugham
they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. "
Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1823
the man who is afraid everything rustles."
58, Acrisius, 5th Century, B.C.
contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive
Daniel Webster, Speech in U.S. Senate, May 27, 1834
a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be."
Letter to Col. Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816
volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing,
we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being
a slave himself."
Abraham Lincoln, Notes, July 1, 1854
far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905
first casualty when war comes is truth."
Hiram Warren Johnson,
Speech, US Senate, 1917
day provides its own gifts."
Martial, Epigrams, 86 A.D.
sword never kills anybody; it's a tool in the killer's hand."
(the Younger), Letters to Lucilius, circa 63-65 A.D.
face of tyranny is always mild at first."
must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang
Benjamin Franklin, Remark on signing the Declaration
of Independence, July 4, 1776.
is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
Pitt the Younger, Speech, House of Commons. November 18, 1783.
this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."
Letter to M Leroy, 1789
that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin, Historical
Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
are drowning in information but starved for knowledge."
have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me.
I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course
of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me
some long dormant craving to be mentally alive."
mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When
I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building
and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to
knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was
I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and
read to know we are not alone."
C. S. Lewis
you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through."
have not inherited the earth from our ancestors, we have only borrowed it from our children."
shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."
B. F. Skinner
me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted
whenever I am contradicted."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals,