The usage of the so-called “quotative like” has been around for more than thirty years.

“Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those that other people have lent me.” - Anatole France

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“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.”  (Samuel Johnson)

There is no Frigate like a Book / To take us lands away / Nor any Courses like a Page / Of prancing Poetry - Emily Dickinson

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