Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author's mind, without offence. Amos Bronson Alcott,
(Concord Days 1872)
Quoted from A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations. Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 5. See Amazon.com.