“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have got yet ourselves.”
–E.M. Forster, in Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
“The good of a book lies in its being read.”
–Umberto Eco, in The Name of the Rose, 1981
“The book is the greatest interactive medium of all time. You can underline it, write in the margins, fold down a page, skip ahead. And you can take it anywhere.”
–Michael Lynton, in the Daily Telegraph, August 19, 1996
The quotations are from The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, & Quotation, second edition, edited by Susan Ratcliffe (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 45-46.