Jane Austen Quote

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”  — Jane Austen Source: 1818 book Northanger Abbey (Henry Tilney, Ch. 14)

Oscar Wilde Quote

“… it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.”  — Oscar Wilde Source: 1895 play The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1 (Algernon)