Universal literacy guarantees an imbecile press.
The dead alive and busy.
Influential books usually have a few readers, who usually have a great many.
Your shelves should not contain the books you’ve read, but the books you’re going to read.
Almost no one is worth reading on more than one subject.
When you find yourself in a book, what you lose is the book.
Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.
There are ways to praise a book that discourage reading it.
If you believe the reviewers when they call you a genius, you will believe them when they call you a fool.
Where books are burned, they are taken seriously.
There is a special reverence for literature found only in those who have spent their whole lives watching television.