“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb
“I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri
“Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.” — Anatole France
“I hate lending, or borrowing—if you want me to read a book, tell me about it, or buy me a copy outright. Your loaned edition sits in my house like a real grievance. And in lieu of lending books, I buy extra copies of those I want to give away, which gives me the added pleasure of buying books I love again and again.” — Jonathan Lethem, Quoted in Leah Price, Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, 2011
“There is a simple rule: practice a kind of generous selfishness. Give a book to a friend, but don’t lend it, because you will never get it back.” — James Wood, Ibid.
“Borrowers of books — those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.” — Charles Lamb, The Essays of Elia, Vol. 1, 1840