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Quotes of the Day for 11 May 2001 – Books

A reader contemplating opening a bookstore requested quotes on booksellers. Alas, I couldn't find much in the database, but I readily found many references to the treasure on the shelves.

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The quotes:

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been, it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. They are the choicest possessions of men.
     - Thomas Carlyle

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.
     - Edward P. Morgan

What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, mouldering books.
     - Andre Sinyavsky

A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
     - Chinese proverb

When you read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before.
     - Cliff Fadiman

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