"A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost always a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices."
I like this quote a lot. I realized not too long ago that the presence of books is part of what makes a house feel welcoming to me. Without books, it doesn't seem like a home. I also believe that having books in the home is so important for children. It is better for them if it is just a part of their life. If a child grows up in a reading house, they will read.