If a man wants to read good books…

If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones; for life is short, and time and energy limited.

Arthur Schopenhauer, quoted in A Mind for God by James Emery White, kindle location 291

Some books are to be tasted…

Not every book qualifies for a cover-to-cover journey. Long ago, Francis Bacon gave this wise counsel: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 108

It makes a great difference to a novel…

It makes a great difference to the look of a novel whether its author believes that the world came late into being and continues to come by a creative act of God, or whether he believes that the world and ourselves are the product of a cosmic accident. It makes a great difference to his novel whether he believes that we are created in God’s image, or whether he believes we create God in our own. It makes a great difference whether he believes that our wills are free, or bound like those of other animals.

Flannery O’Connor, quoted in A Mind for God by James Emery White, kindle location 135

Be as careful of the books you read…

Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the later.

Paxton Hood, quoted in The Da Vinci Hoax by Carl Olson, p. 17