The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
A blessed companion is a book, - a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend,… a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.