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The blest to-day is as completely so,
As who began a thousand years ago.

POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. I. Line 75. God bless the King! God bless the faith's

defender! God bless--No harm in blessing the Pre

tender, Who that Pretender is, and who that

God bless us all !--Is quite another thing.

b. Scott-Redgauntlet. Ch. VII. Jove bless thee, master parson.

Twelfth Night. Act IV. Sc. 2. The benediction of these covering heavens Fall on their heads like dew.

d. Cymbeline, Act V. Sc. 5. Like birds, whose beauties languish half con

cealed, Till, mounted on the wing, their glossy

plumes Expanded, shine with azure, green and gold; How blessings brighten as they take their

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II.

Line 599.


'Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush

alone which fades so fast, But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere

youth itself be past. p. BYRON--Slanzas for Music.

A blush is no language: only a dubious flag-signal which may wean either of two contradictories. 9. GEORGE ELIOT--Daniel Deronda.

Bk. V. Ch. XXXV.

Such a blush
In the midst of brown was born,
Like red poppies grown with corn.
1. HOOD--Ruth.

Mantling on the maiden's cheek
Young roses kindled into thought.
MOORE-Evenings in Greece.

Evening II. Song. And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Modest as morning when she coldly eyes The youthful Phæbus.

t. Troilus und Cressida. Act I. Sc. 3.


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BLINDNESS. O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrevocably dark! total eclipse, Without one hope of day.

j. MILTON--Samson Agonistes. Line 80. He that is stricken blind, cannot forget The precious treasure of his eyesight lost. 9. Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 1.

And when a damp Pell round the path of Milton, in his hand The thing became a trumpet, whence he

blew Soul-animating strains-alas, too few! h. WORDSWORTH-Scorn not the Sonnet;

Critic, you have Frowned.

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BLISS. Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centres in the mind. i. GOLDSMITH-The Traveller.

Line 423. The hues of bliss more brightly glow, Chastis'd by sabler tints of woe. ). GRAY- Ode on the Pleasure arising

from Vicissitude. Line 45. But such a sacred and home-felt delight, Such sober certainty of waking bliss, I never heard till now.

Milton-Comus. Line 262. I know I am-that simplest bliss The millions of my brothers miss. I know the fortune to be born, Even to the meanest wretch they scorn. BAYARD TAYLOR-Prince Denkalion.

Act IV.

I have no one to blush with me, To cross their arms and hang their heads with

The Rape of Lucrece. Line 792.

I will go wash; And when my face is fair, you shall per

ceive Whether I blush or no.

Coriolanus. Act I. Sc. 9.


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They are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble : be you but true to yourselt, applying that which they teach unto the party grieved, and you shall need no other comfort nor counsel. Bacon-An Expostulation to the Lord

Chief-Justice Coke.

Worthy books Are not companions—they are solitudes: We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.

BAILEY— Festus. Sc. A Village Feast.



Books are life-long friends whom we come to love and know as we do our children.

p. S. L. BOARDMAN-Library Economy.

Books are embalmed minds.
BOVEE-Summaries of Thought.


BOATING. Spread the thin oar and catch the driving

gale. d. POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. III.

Line 177. The oars were silver: Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke. Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2.

BOOKS. Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. f. ADDISON--The Spectator. No. 166.

One cannot celebrate books sufficiently. After saying his best, still something better remains to be spoken in their praise. g. ALCOTT - Table-Talk. Bk. I.

Learning-Books. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. h. ALCOTTTable-Talk. Bk. I.

Learning-Books. The books that charmed us in youth recall the delight ever afterwards; we are hardly persuaded there are any like them, any deserving equally our affections. Fortunate if the best fall in our way during this susceptible and forming period of our lives. i. ALCOTT— Table-Tulk. Bk. I.

Learning-Books. Books are delightful when prosperity hap. pily smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inseparable comforters. They give strength to human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought forward without books. Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no mind can calculate, depend upon books. j. RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De

Bury)--Philobiblon. You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the clerical militia with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Enguddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility ; burning lamps to be ever held in the hand. k. RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De


Books, books, books! I found the secret of a garret-room Piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, -where, creeping

in and out Among the giant fossils of my past, Like some small nimble mouse between the

ribs Of a mastadon, I nibbled here and there At this or that box, pulling through the gap, In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, The first book first. And how I felt it beat Under my pillow, in the morning's dark, An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!

At last, because the time was ripe, I chanced upon the poets. 1. E. B. BROWNING -- Aurora Leigh.

Bk. I. Line 830.

We get no good By being ungenerous, even to a book, And calculating profits--so much help By so much reading. It is rather when We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's pro

found, Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of

truth-'Tis then we get the right good from a book. E. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh.

Bk. I. Line 700.

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'Tis pleasant sure to see one's name in print; A book's a book, although there's nothing in't. BYRON--English Bards and Scotch

Reviewers. Line 51. All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been * * is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. b. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.

Lecture v. If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts ; all art and authorcraft nre of small amount to that. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.

Lecture II. If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all. d. CARLYLE--Essays.

Goethe's Helena. In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him.

CARLYLE- Essays. Corn-Law Rhymes. God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true levellers. They give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor I am, no matter though the prosperous of my own time will not enter my obscure dwelling. If the sacred writers will enter and take up their abode under my roof, if Milton will cross my threshold to sing to me of Paradise, and Suakespeare, to open to me the worlds of imagination and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin to enrich me with his practical wisdom, I shall not pine fur want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a cultivated man though excluded from what is called the best society, in the place where I live. fa CHANNING—-On Self-Culture.

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

g. CHANNING— On Self-Culture. And as for me, though than I konne but lyte, On bokes for to rede I me delyte, And to hem yeve I feyth and ful credence, And in myn herte have hem in reverence So hertely, that ther is game noon, That fro my bokes maketh me to goon, But yt be seldome on the holy day, Save, certeynly, whan that the monthe of May Is comen, and that I here the foules synge, And that the floures gynnen for to sprynge, Farwel my boke, and my devocion. h. CHAUCER-Legende of Goode Women.

Prologue. Line 29.

For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe
Cometh all of this new corne fro yere to yere,
And out of old bookes, in good faithe,
Cometh all this new science that men lere.
i. CHAUCER— The Assembly of Foules.

Lino 22. It is saying less than the truth to affirm, that an excellent book (and the remark holds almost equally good of a Raphael as of a Milton) is like a well-chosen and well-tended fruit tree. Its fruits are not of one season only. With the due and natural intervals, we may recur to it year after year, and it will supply the same nourishment and the same gratification, if only we ourselves return to it with the same healthful appetite. j. COLERIDGE-Literary Remains.

Prospectus of Lectures. Books should, not business, entertain the

light, And sleep, as undisturb’d as death, the night.

k. COWLEY-Of Myself. Books cannot always please; however good; Minds are not ever craving for their food. 1. CRABBE- The Bourough. Letter XXIV.

Schools. The monument of vanished mindes, Sir Wu. DAVENANT— Gondibert.

Bk. II. Canto V. Remember, we know well only the great nations whose books we possess; of the others we know nothing, or but little. DAWSON— Address on opening the Birmingham Free Library.

Oct. 26, 1866. Books should to one of these four ends con

For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.

Sir John DENHAM- Of Prudence.
Golden volumes! richest treasures,
Object of delicious pleasures!
You my eyes rejoicing please,
You my hands in rapture seize!
Brilliant wits and musing sages,
Lights who beam'd through many ages!
Left to your conscious leaves their story,
And dared to trust you with their glory;
And now their hope of fame achiev'd,
Dear volumes! you have not deceived!
Isaac ÑISRAELI — Curiosities of

Literature. Libraries. Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of tho borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners. a. Isaac DISRAELI -- Curiosities of

Literature. The Bibliomania. Living more with books than with men, which is often becoming better acquainted with man himself, though not always with men, the man of letters is more tolerant of opinions than opinionists are among themselves. Isaac DISRAELI -- Literary Character of Men of Genius. Ch. XXI.

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I have even gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most: and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.

1. J. C. and A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth. Starres are poore books, and oftentimes do

misse; This book of starres lights to eternal blisse. HERBERT-- The Temple. The Holy

Scriptures. Thou art a plant sprung up to wither never, But, like a laurell, to grow green for ever.

HERRICK Hesperides. To His Booke. The foolishest book is a kind of leaky boat on a sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow. HOLMESThe Poet at the Breakfast

Table. Ch. XI. Medicine for the soul. p. Inscription over the door of the Library

at Thebes. Diodorus Simlus. 1.

In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views. b. EMERSON--Letters and Social Aims.

Quotation and Originality. There are many virtues in books-but the essential value is the adding of knowledge to our stock, by the record of new facts, and, better, by the record of intuitions, which distribute facts, and are the formulas which supersede ail histories. c. EMERSON-- Letters and Social Aims.

Persian Poetry. We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise. d. EMERSON -Letters and Social Aims.

Quotation and Originality. Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost. FULLER— The Holy and the Profane

State. Of Books. Some books are only cursorily to be tasted f. FULLER— The Holy and the Profane

State. Of Books. A taste for books, which is still the pleasure and glory of my life. 9.

GIBBON -- Letter to Lord Sheffield.






Books have always a secret influence on the understanding; we cannot at pleasure obliterate ideas: he that reads books of science, though without any desire of improvement, will grow more knowing; he that entertains himself with moral or religious treatises, will imperceptibly advance in goodness; the ideas which are often offered to the mind, will at last find a lucky moment when it is disposed to receive them. 9. SAM'L JOHNSON-- The Adventurer.

No. 137. Pray thee, take care, that tak’st my book in

hand, To read it well; that is to understand.

Ben. JONSON-- Epigram 1. When I would know thee

my thought looks Upon thy well-made choice of friends and

books; Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends In making thy friends books, and thy books


Ben Jonson-- Epigram 86. Books which are no books. t. LAMB- Detached Thoughts on Books

and Reading. I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading; I cannot sit and think. Books think tor me. LAMB - Detached Thoughts on Books

and Reading. A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.

ANDREW LANG- The Library. Ch. I.

Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly-should still be new. h. GOLDSMITI— The Citizen of the World.

Letter LXXV. I armed her against the censures of the world, showed her that books were sweet upreproaching companions to the miserable, and that if they could not bring us to enjoy lite, they would at least teach us to endure it. i. GOLDSMITH – Vicar of Wakefield.

Ch. XXII. In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary: ). GOLDSMITH, 1— The Citizen of the World.

Letter LXXV. Of every wisdom the parfit The highe god of his spirit Yaf to men in erthe here Upon the forme and the matere Of that he wolde make hem wise. And thus cam in the first apprise Of bokes and of alle good Through hem, that whilom understood The lore, which to hem was yive, Wherof these other, that now live, Ben every day to lerne new. k. JOHN GOWER— Confessio Amantis.

Bk. IV.

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Gentlemen use books as Gentlewomen han. dle their flowers, who in the morning stick them in their heads, and at night strawe them at their heeles. g. LYLY-Euphues. To the Gentlemen


All books grow homilies by time; they are Temples, at once, and Landmarks. h. BULWER-LYTTONThe Soul of Books.

Pt. IV. Line 1.

Hark, the world so loud, And they, the movers of the world, so still! i. BULWER-LYTTONThe Soul of Books.

Pt. III. Line 14.

As companions and acquaintances books are without rivals; and they are companions and acquaintances to be had at all times and under all circumstances. They are never out when you knock at the door; are never “not at home" when you call. In the lightest as well as in the deepest moods they may be applied to, and will never be found wanting. In the good sense of the phrase, they are all things to all men, and are faithful alike to all. a. LANGFORD– The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay. As friends and companions, as teachers and consolers, as recreators and amusers books are always with us, and always ready to respond to our wants. We can take them with us in our wanderings, or gather them around us at our firesides. In the lonely wilderness, and the crowded city, their spirit will be with us, giving a meaning to the seemingly confused movements of humanity, and peopling the desert with their own bright creations. b. LANGFORD-- The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay. A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the sacred name of friends. Some can be accepted only as acquaintances. The best books of all kinds are taken to the heart, and cherished as his most precious possessions. Others to be chatted with for a time, to spend a few pleasant hours with, and laid aside, but not forgotten. LANGFORD--The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay. Books are also among man's truest consolers. In the hour of affliction, trouble, or sorrow, he can turn to them with confidence and trust. d. LANGFORD The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay. Books are friends, and what friends they are! Their love is deep and unchanging; their patience inexhaustible; their gentleness perennial; their forbearance unbounded; and their sympathy without selfishness. Strong as man, and tender as woman, they welcome you in every mood, and never turn from you in distress. LANGFORD- The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay. Books are friends which every man may call his own.

* The friendship of books never dies; it grows by use, increases by distribution, and possesses an immortality of perpetual youth. It is the friendship, not of dead things” but of ever-living souls; and books are friends who, under no circumstances, are ever applied to in vain. They can be relied on, whoever else, or whatever else may fail. LANGFORD— The Praise of Books.

Preliminary Essay.

In you are sent The types of Truths whose life is THE TO

COME; In you soars up the Adam from the fall; In you the FUTURE as the Past is givenEv'n in our death ye bid us hail our birth;Unfold these pages, and behold the Heaven, Without one grave-stone left upon the

Earth? j. BULWER-LYTTONThe Soul of Books

St. 5. Laws die, Books never. k. BULWER-LYTTON-Richelieu. Act L

Sc. 2. There is no Past, so long as Books shall live! I. BULWER-LYTTON—The Soul of Books.

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A good book is the precious lifeblood of a masterspirit, embalmed and trcasured up on purpose to a life beyond. p.

MILTON- Areopagitica. As good almost kill a man as a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. 9.

MILTON- Areopagitica.

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