— 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.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims (The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer)
Vol. 2, Ch. 23, § 296a
— Charlaine Harris American writer 1951
„If you want to know something about these people and enjoy them somewhat, before buying the map of the city you should buy the sonnets of Gioacchino Belli, the true guide of Rome. It's easy reading, educational and fun. Dante should be read to understand Florence and the Florentines; Belli, to understand Rome and the Romans. The first one never makes you laugh, the second makes you laugh all the time. And then get to know the inns.“
— Aldo Palazzeschi Italian novelist, poet and essayist 1885 - 1974
Page 168, Est! Est! Est!
„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
read the fine manual, please http://groups.google.com/group/comp.emacs/msg/821a0f04bab91864 (Usenet article).
— 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.
— Horace Mann American politician 1796 - 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.