“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
-Henry Ward Beecher
I will be the first to admit that once I enter a bookstore, all bets are off. I usually go in with the intention of browsing and writing down books that I would like to read on the Kindle or eventually buy. But then I pick up a book and quickly remember how much I like the feel of it in my hands. Or, I’ll discover that the store is having a 1% sale that day – good enough for me! Imagine the money I would save if I just bought the books I wanted NOW! To keep my book buying addiction to a minimum, I will typically limit the number of times I even go into a book store or I will be sure to bring my husband with. He is Pro-Kindle and I usually am too, but there are times when you need to feel the cover and smell the pages. Anyone know what I mean?
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
I almost laughed out loud when I read this quote! I think we could include WebMD to Twain’s health book quote. There are probably very few people who, at one time or another, took a look at a health book or website in an effort to diagnose themselves….and probably found an unsettling disease or virus as the culprit. While I would obviously never discourage someone from reading any sort of book, I do agree with Twain’s sentiment! If you’re very ill, please, please just go to the doctor 🙂
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
This is one of my favorite “book” quotes – I have it engraved on a bookmark 🙂 I know there are others who feel this way, but I also know it’s nearly impossible to convert those who just don’t get it. Believe me, I’ve tried. I don’t think I have more treasured possessions – aside from my engagement and wedding rings – than my favorite books. Even though we own two Kindle devices, I can’t give up some books in print. What do you think? Will the publishing industry eventually just be reduced to e-books? I don’t think I can bear the thought!
“Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.”
There are so many quotes out there about the value, the pleasure and the education that comes from reading. I chose to post this one because reading and dancing are two activities that I love (although I need a drink in my hand to do one)! I think it’s interesting that many of the quotes I found were written many, many years ago, but they still apply today; even in a world with Internet, cell phones and instant connection to the world. There will never be anything that will replace the value of a good book.