— René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1596 - 1650
— Helene Hanff, libro 84, Charing Cross Road
Fuente: 84, Charing Cross Road
„Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I don’t even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that’s wrong.“
— Judy Blume American children's writer 1938
— Annie Barrows, libro The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Fuente: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
— Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton British politician and poet 1809 - 1885
„Have we not arrived at that terrible age, announced in the Sacred Books of India, "when the castes shall be mingled, when even the family shall no longer exist?"“
— René Guénon French metaphysician 1886 - 1951
La crise du monde moderne (The Crisis of the Modern World) (1927)
„The obligation of the candidate is always to be taken on the sacred book or books of his religion, that he may deem it more solemn and binding; and therefore it was that you were asked of what religion you were. We have no other concern with your religious creed.“
— Albert Pike, libro Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Fuente: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Ch. I : Apprentice, The Twelve-Inch Rule and Common Gavel, p. 1
Contexto: The Bible is an indispensable part of the furniture of a Christian Lodge, only because it is the sacred book of the Christian religion. The Hebrew Pentateuch in a Hebrew Lodge, and the Koran in a Mohammedan one, belong on the Altar; and one of these, and the Square and Compass, properly understood, are the Great Lights by which a Mason must walk and work.
The obligation of the candidate is always to be taken on the sacred book or books of his religion, that he may deem it more solemn and binding; and therefore it was that you were asked of what religion you were. We have no other concern with your religious creed.
„In those days editions did not run to thousands or hundreds of thousands of copies as modern books—especially, bad books—do.“
— George Pólya Hungarian mathematician 1887 - 1985
Mathematical Methods in Science (1977)
Contexto: The volume of the cone was discovered by Democritus... He did not prove it, he guessed it... not a blind guess, rather it was reasoned conjecture. As Archimedes has remarked, great credit is due to Democritus for his conjecture since this made proof much easier. Eudoxes... a pupil of Plato, subsequently gave a rigorous proof. Surely the labor or writing limited his manuscript to a few copies; none has survived. In those days editions did not run to thousands or hundreds of thousands of copies as modern books—especially, bad books—do. However, the substance of what he wrote is nevertheless available to us.... Euclid's great achievement was the systematization of the works of his predecessors. The Elements preserve several of Eudoxes' proofs.
„The Koran is a fascist book which incites violence. That is why this book, just like Mein Kampf, must be banned. The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our [Dutch] legal order.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
BBC News - In quotes: Geert Wilders (2010) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11469579
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Fuente: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 3.
„A book is a machine to think with, but it need not, therefore, usurp the functions either of the bellows or the locomotive.“
— I. A. Richards English literary critic and rhetorician 1893 - 1979
[Richards, I. A., Principles of Literary Criticism, 1924]
Principles of Literary Criticism
„When you read the sacred Scriptures, or any other book, never think how you read, but what you read.“
— John Philip Kemble British actor-manager 1757 - 1823
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 40.