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Quotes of the Day for 31 August 2004 – Books

Back to School Week continues at Quotes of the Day. One of the things that folks say at this time of the year is that it's time to "hit the books". Or perhaps more immediately, start lugging the books around. I remember starting each year by carefully cutting and folding grocery bags to make protective covers. Less frugal families bought more visually stimulating book covers, I sort of liked being able to decorate mine myself. Anyway, today's quotes are on Books.

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The quotes:

You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.
     - Charles Jones

A grain of real knowledge, of genuine uncontrollable conviction, will outweigh a bushel of adroitness; and to produce persuasion there is one golden principle of rhetoric not put down in the books - to understand what you are talking about.
     - John Seeley

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
     - Maimonides

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
     - Mortimer J. Adler

A library book ... is not, then, an article of mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, is their only capital.
     - Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

A stone is not carved by a drop's falling twice, but by many times; so too does a human not become wise by reading two, but by many books.
     - Giordano Bruno, 1548 - 1600


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