Reading and Books

1. Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2. A good book has no ending. – R.D. Cumming

3. So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

4. Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

5. Beware of the person of one book. – Thomas Aquinas

6. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

7. The book you don’t read won’t help. – Jim Rohn

8. Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

9. There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

10. Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey

11. No two persons ever read the same book. – Edmund Wilson

12. What is reading but silent conversation? – Walter Savage Landor

13. Are we not like two volumes of one book? – Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

14. Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

15. The greatest gift is a passion for reading. – Elizabeth Hardwick

16. What you don’t know would make a great book. – Sydney Smith

17. A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman

18. Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

19. In a good book the best is between the lines. – Swedish Proverb

20. A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

21. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape. – Nora Ephron

22. The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang

23. I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books. – Jorge Luis Borges

24. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. – Frederick Douglass

25. A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson

26. You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius

27. Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. – Angela Carter

28. A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

29. I was born with a reading list I will never finish. – Maud Casey

30. I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright

31. A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

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32. Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

33. There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. – Maurice Sendak

34. Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. Books had instant replay long before televised sports. – Bern Williams

36. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

37. A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. – Robert Aris Willmott

38. Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. – E.P. Whipple

39. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

40. A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit. – John Milton

41. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry S. Truman

42. The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. – Clarence Shepard Day

43. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

44. Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

45. My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. – Thomas Helm

46. I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

47. Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. – Augustine Birrell

48. There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. – Gail Carson Levine

49. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

50. A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. – Franz Kafka

51. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – W. B. Yeats

52. I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. – Charles de Secondat

53. No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. – Ann Landers

54. Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. – John Green

55. The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. – W. Somerset Maugham

56. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. – C.S. Lewis

57. Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. – George Steiner

58. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. – William Hazlitt

59. Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. – Harold Bloom

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60. Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

61. The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. – Theodore Parker

62. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

63. A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin

64. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

65. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau

66. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. – Amos Bronson Alcott

67. Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. – Markus Herz

68. Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell

69. If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

70. It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. – Sutton Elbert Griggs

71. There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. – Isaac D’Israeli

72. Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. – Unknown

73. One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper. – Michael Cunningham

74. Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P. J. O’Rourke

75. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read. – Mark Twain

76. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

77. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

78. Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. – J.K. Rowling

79. One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. – Ishmael Reed

80. Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Hazel Rochman

81. The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. – J.A. Langford

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82. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. – Abraham Lincoln

83. A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. – Jerry Seinfield

84. Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes. – John LeCarre

85. There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. – Josh Jameson

86. The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. – Oliver Goldsmith

87. Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. – Vera Nazarian

88. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy

89. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

90. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

91. I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. – Harold Kushner

92. No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest. – J.A. Langford

93. I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. – William Lyon Phelps

94. If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

95. Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher

96. 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

97. I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it. – Woodrow Wilson

98. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

99. There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. – Marcel Proust

100. The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen