The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.
Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
**A Little Princess
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”
“In 1969, I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.”