Book Quotes

Book Quotes

Book Quotes: A unique collection of Quotes About Books and Reading

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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  -James Bryce

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

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  -Paul Sweeney

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread.  -François Mauriac

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

Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."  -Helen Exley

Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. -William Faulkner

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare.  -Kenko Yoshida

A good book has no ending.  -R.D. Cumming

When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. -Clifton Fadiman

I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. -C.S. Lewis

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

Books are the mirrors of the soul. -Virginia Woolf

Books are a uniquely portable magic.  -Stephen King

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. -C. S. Lewis

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

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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

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

There is creative reading as well as creative writing. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. -Samuel Butler

A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there, that of the pulse, the heart beat. -Henry Miller

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  -Chinese Proverb

Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar. -Cornelia Funke

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. -C. S. Lewis

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. -Mark Twain

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. -Helen Keller

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  -Charles W. Eliot

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. -Aldous Huxley

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

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. -C.S. Lewis

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. -Voltaire

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it.  -William Styron

Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time. -E.M. Forster

I find television to be very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.  -Groucho Marx

Never judge a book by its movie.  -J.W. Eagan

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.  -Harper Lee

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. -Ernest Hemingway

I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.  -Charles de Secondat

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

You cannot open a book without learning something. -Confucius

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. -Joseph Addison

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

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ''Lighthouses'' as the poet said ''erected in the sea of time.'' They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.  -Thomas Carlyle

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

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