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Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Conform and be dull.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
Never judge a book by its movie.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
Read in order to live.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.
Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
I cannot live without books.
The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere.
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
O suns and skies and clouds of June, and flowers of June together. Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather.
There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won t.
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything... I'm just not listening any more.
Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
Fortune befriends the bold.
When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take -- choose the bolder.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Beware of the person of one book.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
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.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

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