Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.
Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965
That is a good book, it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
Louisa M. Alcott, 1832-1888
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”
A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s possessions. A library is not a luxury. It is one of the necessities of a full life.
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887