Books Quotes

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Books Quotes

“So many books, so little time.”

Frank Zappa

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Mark Twain

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Oscar Wilde

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Ernest Hemingway

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

Mark Twain

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.”

Markus Herz

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

C.S. Lewis

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”

George R. R. Martin

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

Sir Francis Bacon

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

Bertrand Russell

“Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

Henry Ward Beecherr

“I cannot live without books.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”

Stephen King

“Books may well be the only true magic.”

Alice Hoffman

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

Joseph Brodsky

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”

Christopher Paolini, Eragon

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

J.K. Rowling

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”


“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“We live for books.”

Umberto Eco

“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!”

ohn Waters

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

Madeleine L'Engle

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.”

Dave Eggers

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”

Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”

Arthur Conan Doyle

“If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?”

Jerry Seinfeld

“The world was hers for the reading.”

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

Franz Kafka

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”

Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”

Franz Kafka

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”

George Orwell, 1984

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

Annie Dillard, The Living

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.”

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“A good book is an event in my life.”

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”

Isabel Allende

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”

Francois Mauriac

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

Horace Mann

“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.”

Margaret Walker

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books”

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”

Terry Pratchett

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”

Louis L'Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”

Stephen Fry

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”

Caroline Gordon

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”

Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”

G.K. Chesterton

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

Joseph Joubert

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!”

Dr. Seuss

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

Malcolm X

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

Stéphane Mallarmé

“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.”

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”

W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.”

Gary Paulsen, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is.”

Russell Banks, Continental Drift

“The books – the generous friends who met me without suspicion – the merciful masters who never used me ill!”

Wilkie Collins, Armadale

“A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.”

Amanda Cross

“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”

G.K. Chesterton

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

J.K Rowling

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

Neil Gaiman

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“The covers of this book are too far apart.”

Ambrose Bierce

“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

David Baldacci, The Camel Club

“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.”

John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

Ezra Pound

“We live and breathe words.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”

Jessamyn West

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Literature is news that stays news.”

Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading

“Take no heed of her…. She reads a lot of books.”

Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”

Christopher Hitchens

“Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.”

Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”

Malcolm X

“When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.”

Jean Fritz

“I love the way that each book—any book—is its own journey. You open it, and off you go….”

Sharon Creech

“I guess there are never enough books.”

John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.”

Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

“There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight”

Ezra Pound

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.”

Franz Kafka

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