— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
„Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.“
— Karl Lagerfeld German fashion designer 1933 - 2019
— Horace Mann American politician 1796 - 1859
The Duty of Owning Books (1859), Context: Men are not accustomed to buy books unless they want them. If, on visiting the dwelling of a man of slender means, I find the reason why he has cheap carpets and very plain furniture to be that he may purchase books, he rises at once in my esteem. Books are not made for furniture but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
„A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.“
— Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 Vols.
— Katie Melua British singer-songwriter 1984
Context: Buying books is probably my biggest vice when I travel. I bought a great one in America called An Incomplete Education, which covers everything from fashion to philosophy in quite a humorous way. It’s a bluffer’s guide, but pretty extensive. Because I never went to university, it’s my attempt to bone up on subjects I don’t know much about.
„Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.“
— Mickey Spillane American writer 1918 - 2006
Writers on Writing interview (1986)
„The road to ignorance is paved with good editions. Only the illiterate can afford to buy good books now.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1940s and later, As quoted in Days with Bernard Shaw (1949) by Stephen Winsten
„Would you buy a book proudly stating on the cover that its reader is a dummy? Or would you think "of course it's ironic?"“
— Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous, read the fine manual, please http://groups.google.com/group/comp.emacs/msg/821a0f04bab91864 (Usenet article).
„Authors have a greater right than any copyright, though it is generally unacknowledged or disregarded. They have a right to the reader's civility. There are favorable hours for reading a book, as for writing it, and to these the author has a claim. Yet many people think that when they buy a book they buy with it the right to abuse the author.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882