Book Quotations

Book Quotations
National Book Month
with this comprehensive collection of Book Quotations.

  1. " That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit. "
    -- A. Bronson Alcott

  2. "A book without an index is like a compass without a needle."
    -- Anonymous

  3. "A library is a hospital for the mind."
    -- Anonymous

  4. "Book: A garden carried in a pocket."
    -- Arabian Proverb

  5. "The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is. "
    -- Sir James M. Barrie

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

  7. "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested."
    -- Francis Bacon

  8. "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
    -- Jorge Luis Borges

  9. "A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early."
    -- Henry Brooke

  10. "When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began."
    -- Rita Mae Brown

  11. "Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought. "
    -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  12. "To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."
    -- Edmund Burke

  13. "A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images. "
    -- Albert Camus

  14. "In books lies the soul of the whole past time."
    -- Thomas Carlyle

  15. "The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity."
    -- Thomas Carlyle

  16. "The true University of these days is a Collection of Books. "
    -- Thomas Carlyle

  17. "Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind. "
    -- Robert Chambers

  18. "The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring. "
    -- Warren Chappell

  19. "Force yourself to reflect on what you read, paragraph by paragraph."
    -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  20. "The way a book is read- which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book- can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it."
    -- Norman Cousins

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

  22. "Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing."
    -- Cicero

  23. "He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are. "
    -- C. C. Colton

  24. "The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected. "
    -- Frank Dane

  25. "All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books."
    -- Richard De Bury

  26. "There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away, Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry."
    -- Emily Dickinson

  27. "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
    -- Walt Disney

  28. "My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free."
    -- Kirk Douglas

  29. "Don't join the book burners... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book."
    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

  30. "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers."
    -- Charles W. Eliot

  31. "The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  33. "In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  34. "What's a book? Everything or nothing. The eye that sees it all."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  35. "T'is the good reader that makes the good book."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  36. "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."
    -- Erasmus

  37. "When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day."
    -- Jean Fritz

  38. "The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book."
    -- Northrup Frye

  39. "Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost. "
    -- Thomas Fuller

  40. "Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking."
    -- Edward Gibbon

  41. "In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read."
    -- S. I. Hayakawa

  42. "Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings."
    -- Heinrich Heine

  43. "Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. "
    -- Lenore Hershey

  44. "Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter."
    -- Paxton Hood

  45. "Everyone who know how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, multiple the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting."
    -- Aldous Huxley

  46. "The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. "
    -- Elizabeth Hardwick

  47. "Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more. "
    -- John Harington

  48. "Life transforming ideas have always come to me through books."
    -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  49. "The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. "
    -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  50. "A book might be written on the injustice of the just. "
    -- Anthony Hope

  51. "The worst thing about reading new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones."
    -- Joseph Joubert

  52. "We find little in books but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things."
    -- Joseph Joubert

  53. "The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine -- but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously. "
    -- Sir Arthur Keith

  54. "The end of reading is not more books but more life."
    -- Holbrook Jackson

  55. "I cannot live without books."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

  56. "Literature is my Utopia."
    -- Helen Keller

  57. "Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book."
    -- Charles Kingsley

  58. "Beware the man of one book."
    -- Latin Proverb

  59. "Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and a houseful of books isn't poor."
    -- Sam Levenson

  60. "The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
    -- Abraham Lincoln

  61. "Books to the ceiling Books to the sky. My pile of books Are a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard By the time I read them."
    -- Arnold Lobel

  62. "For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. "
    -- Amy Lowell

  63. "What is reading, but silent conversation. "
    -- Walter Savage Landor

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

  65. "The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. "
    -- Katherine Mansfield

  66. "Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness. "
    -- Anthony Marcel

  67. "Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare. "
    -- Harriet Martineau

  68. "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life."
    -- W. Somerset Maugham

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

  70. "I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book."
    -- Groucho Marx

  71. "The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think."
    -- James McCosh

  72. "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. "
    -- Richard McKenna

  73. "Deep versed in books and shallow in himself. "
    -- John Milton

  74. "A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
    -- John Milton

  75. "He who destroys a good book kills reason itself."
    -- John Milton

  76. "One can live with the thought of one's own death. It is the thought of the death of the words and books that is terrifying for that is the deeper extinction. "
    -- Lance Morrow

  77. "A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations. "
    -- William Murray

  78. "I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive."
    -- Malcolm X

  79. "Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier."
    -- Kathleen Norris

  80. "It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them. "
    -- William Osler

  81. "If minds are truly alive they will seek out books, for books are the human race recounting its memorable experiences, confronting its problems, searching for solutions, drawing the blueprints of it futures."
    -- Harry A. Overstreet

  82. "Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents. "
    -- Ezra Pound

  83. "A library should be like a pair of open arms."
    -- Roger Rosenblatt

  84. "When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it."
    -- Marie de Sevigne

  85. "A library is thought in cold storage. "
    -- Herbert Samuel

  86. "Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out. "
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

  87. "I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. "
    -- Charles de Secondat

  88. "Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life. "
    -- Giorgos Seferis

  89. "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."
    -- B. F. Skinner

  90. "People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading."
    -- Logan Pearsall Smith

  91. "It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different books which have made him wise. Let us see the results of good food in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind."
    -- Sydney Smith

  92. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
    -- Richard Steele

  93. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
    -- Dr. Seuss

  94. "My library was dukedom large enough."
    -- William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

  95. "Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life. "
    -- Robert Louis Stevenson

  96. "A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed and whose top is in the sky."
    -- The Koran

  97. "My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. "
    -- Dylan Thomas

  98. "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all."
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  99. "A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever."
    -- Martin Tupper

  100. "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
    -- Mark Twain

  101. ""Classic": A book which people praise but don't read."
    -- Mark Twain

  102. "My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water."
    -- Mark Twain

  103. "Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own. "
    -- Raoul Vaneigem

  104. "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. "
    -- Jessamyn West

  105. "Books had instant replay long before televised sports. "
    -- Bert Williams

  106. "Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure. "
    -- Sir Peregrine Worsthorne

  107. "Choose an author as you choose a friend. "
    -- Sir Christopher Wren

  108. "Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written. "
    -- Yevgeny Zamyatin

  109. "I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little."
    -- Voltaire

  110. "I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes... My world began to expand very rapidly, the reading habit had got me securely."
    -- H.G. Wells

  111. "Never read a book through merely because you have begun it."
    -- John Witherspoon

  112. "Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners."
    -- Virginia Woolf

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