1001 Inspiring Quotes about Books

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A life without books is empty.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Read good books to improve your life.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

— Jo Walton, Among Others

The number of books students read…is among the best indicators of student reading development.

— Mike Schmoker, Results

Paul was terribly personal. The books I like are the ones that make you feel like you are with a person who is being quite vulnerable, telling you all sorts of stuff that is personal, and that’s the thing Paul did that makes me like him.

— Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

… and it occured to me then and forever afterwards, that films, theatre books and poems were just a fraud. It’s only music that doesn’t deceive, it doesn’t pretend to be anything else except what it is. Music.

— Lars Saabye Christensen, Beatles

There is enough knowledge in the books to explain the existing, your knowledge must inspire what is possible.

— Amit Kalantri

We shouldn’t teach great books we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.

— B.F. Skinner

Temeraire said, ‘It is very nice how many books there are, indeed. And on so many subjects!

— Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon

As More says, it hardly makes a man a hero, to agree to stand and burn once he is chained to a stake. I have written books and I cannot unwrite them. I cannot unbelieve what I believe. I cannot unlive my life. pg.404

— Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

We have books and films where mice and hobbits and dwarves and children can save the world, and that’s perfectly acceptable. But a 120lb woman save the galaxy? YOU GO TOO FAR, SIR.

— Ash Gray

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.

— Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

reading books is great, reading pictures much better, especially those that shows you the future

— Manuel Corazzari

Lacey-girl, books take you anywhere. Any place you want to go. You remember that always.

— Carol Lynch Williams, Miles from Ordinary

Since when did books ever solve anything? They only raise more questions than they answer, otherwise they’re just fucking entertainment, and I am not here to fucking entertain you.

— Zia Haider Rahman

Helen’s books were her friends, “the kind you invite for dinner in the middle of winter, ” she’d told him, ” and spend all night talking and never go to bed.

— Emma Clayton, The Roar

If you stand at the window where I stood, if you read the books that I read, if we can be with each other even just like that…then lets, count that as us being together. I’ll miss you alot. I love you. I love you…

— T.O.P

There are books showing men how to succeed in everything they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books.

— G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered

Great leaders die empty. They live to offload everything they put in them! Don’t die with your books in your mind unpublished!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Watchwords

The Measure of success isn’t money or the number of books you write, it is seen in the faces of those you love

— Jason W. Blair

Dave put a lot of thought into picking out the books his dad would like least.

— Theric Jepson, Byuck

I think a lot of people have an idea of virtual reality from science fiction, books and movies that have been out over the last couple of decades.

— Brendan Iribe

I don’t like to travel. Yet all my books seem to involve a journey.

— Chris Van Allsburg

I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.

— Alexander McQueen

Read books and be happy.

— Vanessa Dela Cruz

I hope that in my books there’s an undertone of politics, basic tenets of how we should live.

— Jasper Fforde

Becoming an author changes your attitude too. Once you see where books come from, and how they’re made, they never seem quite as sacred again.

— Lev Grossman

I know that books seem like the ultimate thing that’s made by one person, but that’s not true… Every reading of a book is a collaboration between the reader and the writer who are making the story up together.

— John Green

Yet when books have been read and reread, it boils down to the horse, his human companion, and what goes on between them.

— Walter Farley

I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since.

— G.K. Chesterton

‎”Since I could only take six books per visit from the library, I had to time it right, or I’d be stuck on Sundays rereading the five Reader’s Digest Condensed Books sitting on our red laquered living room shelf.

— Randy Susan Meyers, The Murderer’s Daughters

The lives great artists live and the books they write are two very different things.

— Michael Cunningham, The Snow Queen

Do you arrange your books alphabetically? (I hope not.)

— Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Without reserve, I can say that my entire identity is in the books I write.

— Elena Ferrante

The Need to Read”Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small.

— Will Schwalbe

Destiny is for people in books about magical swords. It’s a lot of crap.

— Ransom Riggs, Hollow City

If I send all the books that I faithfully wrote overseas, would that, for any chance, be considered work-shipping??


Writing poetry and reading books causes brain damage.

— Pat Conroy, Beach Music

It always puzzled him, when he was a child, that a woman who wrote books for a living should be so bad at telling bedtime stories.

— J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello

Sometimes I miss out the morning’s painting session and instead study my Japanese books in the open.

— Gustav Klimt

Sometimes the things in our heads are far worse than anything they could put in books or on film!!

— C.K. Webb

From fire, water, the passage of time, neglectful readers, and the hand of the censor, each of my books has escaped to tell me its story.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words.

— Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story

Invest in books that will help you become the person you were born to be and do what you should do.

— Mensah Oteh, Unlocking Life’s Treasure Chest: Wisdom keys to keep you inspired, encouraged, motivated and focused

Her skin smells of vintage books and pale moonlight, exotic things, forbidden loves and rainy nights.

— Melody Lee, Moon Gypsy

I get it, even if Jamie can’t put it into words. There are some books you can never get rid of, even if you don’t like the ending.

— Ally Carter [Writer]

I only read books I know I will like

— Vicky Unwin, Love and War in the WRNS

When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic, yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.

— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

How do you know that you know?How do you know that this books are really made by Einstein and also are saved as how they are made, I mean the text which is written by Einstein is the same as now you see it.

— Deyth Banger

great books are the ones we need

— Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems

Inconveniently, books are all the pages in them, not just the ones you choose to read.

— Don Paterson, The Book of Shadows

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

— Mark Twain

I’ll have enough books when they fill my room like the stars fill the sky.

— E.V. Fairfall

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. She read books as one would breathe ether, to sink in and die.

— Annie Dillard, The Living

She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself.

— Frances Hodgson Burnett

The world of books is my fantasy.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

There are essentially two things that will make you wise — the books you read and the people you meet.

— Jack Canfield

Take my books away, and I should be desperate!

— Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

I feel sorry for people who only know comic books through movies. I really do.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

We want books that make our hearts beat harder… that relieve us of the agonizing burden of everyday life

— Ben Oliveira

His books commingled democratically, united under the all-inclusive flag of Literature. Some were vertical, some horizontal, and some actually placed behind others. Mine were balkanized by nationality and subject matter.

— Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

In great thick dusty books he readAnd hardly ever went to bedBefore it was e

— Mervyn Peake, Complete Nonsense

Or because they hope these walls of books will deaden the drumming of the demon in their ears

— Louis MacNeice, Poetry of the Thirties

I believe books should be like a prime rib steak ~ good and thick.

— E.A. Bucchianeri

The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.

— Patrick Henry

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, ‘His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.

— Hilaire Belloc

I work hard, I work very hard. All the books at least 30 revisions.

— Ha Jin

I love buying books to create my sacred library.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

By small and simple sentences, great books come to pass.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

I’m still looking for books about them, as well as I am used to feed food every day.

— Pet Torres, Pact of Witches

If books can transform, those have to be conscientious.

— Sudhir Mittal, Life will Smile at You

It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out. The library is the heart of a school, and without a librarian, it is but an empty shell.

— Jarrett J. Krosoczka

If nothing else, a house is a place to keep books in.

— Robert Pogue Harrison, The Dominion of the Dead

I discovered Deborah Ellis’s books in the school library after my head teacher encouraged me to go beyond the school curriculum and look for books I might enjoy.

— Malala Yousafzai

Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.

— R.L. Stine

Will: I’ve never seen anyone get so excited over books before. You’d think they were diamonds.Tessa: Well, they are, aren’t they? Isn’t there anything you love like that?

— Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Pretend you’re not spending $3 to read one of my books but buying me a coffee and having a conversation about yourself.

— Robin Sacredfire

You can make your superhero a psychopath, you can draw gut-splattering violence, and you can call it a “graphic novel, ” but comic books are still incredibly stupid.

— Bill Watterson

My mother was an avid reader…She loved books about romance. Books that took place in faraway places and times. Stories with costumes…

— Adriana Trigiani

This memoir is one of the most brutally honest books I’ve ever read. You will grow to believe, and cheer on, this flawed hero as he gains a liberating knowledge of himself.

— Joe Loya, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber

Only two classes of books have universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.

— Ford Maddox

Travel books are, by and large, boring. They lodge uncomfortably between fact, fiction and autobiography.

— Arthur Smith

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

— Francis Bacon

I was thinking, “So, I’m Emperor, am I? What nonsense! But at least I’ll be able to make people read my books now.

— Robert Graves, I, Claudius

Some men borrow books some men steal books and others beg presentation copies from the author.

— James Jeffrey Roche

A student will find that he is more affected by one book which he has truly mastered than by 20 books which he has merely skimmed.

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

As Borges has taught us, all the books in the library are contemporary. Great poems are like granaries: they are always ready to enlarge their store.

— William H. Gass, Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation

I know this: there is no sense to grief. There is no pattern or shape or texture, and there are no books or stories which can lessen the pain at losing a person you have loved, and will always love. There are no rules, with loss.

— Susan Fletcher, The Silver Dark Sea

Suddenly, it seems obvious to me: Only fantasy books can make sense of the skewed reality in which I live.

— David B., Epileptic

Next o’er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole.

— Alexander Pope, The Dunciad

The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

— Benjamin Disraeli

By reading older books we get a taste of the conversation of Heaven.

— John Mark Reynolds, The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization

Does it afflict you to find your books wearing out? I mean literally .. . the mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me but that of books most of all.

— William Dean Howells

I hate to read books but a friend said he read the dictionary and that the Zebra did it.

— Stanley Victor Paskavich, Stantasyland: Quips Quotes and Quandaries

Feel-good books were ones you could put down with a smile on your face, books that made you think the world was a little crazier, stranger, and more beautiful when you looked up from them.

— Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Authors write books for one, and only one, reason: because we like to torture people.

— Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

It is often much harder to get rid of books than to acquire them. They stick to us in that pact of need and oblivion we make with them, witnesses to a moment in our lives we will never see again. While they are still there, it is part of us.

— Carlos María Domínguez, The House of Paper

Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damm insane mistakes!

— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

how weird it would be to have around you only as many books as you have time to read in the rest of your life. And I remain deeply attached to the physical book and the physical bookshop.

— Julian Barnes

I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off.

— Joss Whedon

The Bible is God’s book of promises, and, unlike the books of men, it does not change or get out of date.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

There are books which take rank in our life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just as food is fuel for the body, books are fuel for the mind.

— Jen Selinsky

And I came to understand, in a way I never had before, that books are truly the stuff of miracles. I even dared to dream that someday, somehow, I might surround myself with books from many times and many tongues…

— T.A. Barron, The Lost Years

We weave together the many skeins of our words, Into poems and stories and books, And the books are made so much more vivacious and colourful, For all the care that is woven in along with the words.

— Bree Verity

When I was 13 or 14, my mother used to gift me books that I was dying to read. Those are my most memorable birthday gifts.

— Kajol

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

— Winston S. Churchill

Never trust books on the question of whether or not to trust your rational thinking. Trust your rational thinking on the question of whether or not to trust the books.

— Abhijit Naskar

I have had fans make me the big picture collages of the photo books I have had fans send me birthday cakes… sing to me on my voicemail. I have had fans flash me. I have had older fans give me their bras and underwear onstage.

— Sean Combs

Nobody steals books except kleptomaniacs and university students. In most places you can leave a book on the street and come back for in the next day.

— Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka

Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.

— Stephen King

Having a nice library doesn’t make you smart. Don’t buy books and stack them up in your library

— read them.

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

— Samuel Butler

No matter how many books I write, I will eventually get to fiction. That is where I’m going.

— Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

I get inspiration from literally everything and anything. I take inspiration from people, relationships, stories, and I take inspiration from movies I see, books I read and songs I hear.

— Sabrina Carpenter

There are a lot of snobs out there who disregard these books (romance novels), but they fulfil a need. I am happy and fulfilled in what I am doing and readers love them. And why not? They are harmless and they are fun.

— Sara Craven

Good books often answer questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask.

— Will Schwalbe

Where books are burned, they will, in the end, burn people, too.

— Heinrich Heine

I hate books they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

— John Wooden

You’re not allowed to say anything about books because they’re books, and books are, you know, God.

— Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

So much is yet to come. Soon will be blankets and pillows, and books by the bed to make the stuff of dreams. And then tomorrows.

— Jim McCann, Return of the Dapper Men

What we need is more books to read.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

The fault I find with our journalism is that it forces us to take an interest in some fresh triviality or other every day, whereas only three or four books in a lifetime give us anything that is of real importance.

— Marcel Proust

We may live without friends we may live without books But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The commonplace books of the old Puritans were invaluable to them. They would never have been able to compile such works as they did if they had not been careful in collecting and arranging their matter under different heads.

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

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

— Ezra Pound

Books are the heart of any home, and I spend hours going through books for design inspiration.

— Nate Berkus

Certain unique books seem to be without forerunners or successors as far as their authors are concerned. Even though they may profoundly influence the work of other writers, for their creator they’re complete, not leading anywhere.

— Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

If you like fantasy and you want to be the next Tolkien, don’t read big Tolkienesque fantasies — Tolkien didn’t read big Tolkienesque fantasies, he read books on Finnish philology. Go and read outside of your comfort zone, go and learn stuff.

— Neil Gaiman

I believe books are life’s best gifts, as they allow us to venture into worlds we never thought existed. Giving us a chance to be someone different, giving us the chance to dawdle in the words – And feel free!

— Anonymous

Writing is not a numbers game. You should focus more on reaching the hearts of readers and building fans more than publishing a plethora of books that no one may care about.

— Selena Haskins

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.

— Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books and interest oneself in people and affairs. One need never be dull as long as one has friends to help, gardens to enjoy and books in the long winter evenings.

— D.E. Stevenson, Listening Valley

I don’t think most books can be justifiably translated on screen. The film versions can’t convey the right emotion, fuel your imagination or allow you to visualise every line the way books do.

— Sonam Kapoor

I think that being read to every night is the reason why I was plowing through volume after volume of ‘Nancy Drew’ books all by myself by the time I reached the first grade. I loved stories. I loved the escape. I had a vivid imagination.

— Rachel Nichols

The appeal of travel books is also the sense that you are different, an outsider, almost like the Robinson Crusoe or Christopher Columbus notion of being the first person in a new place.

— Paul Theroux

When today’s generation reads Jack’s books or they listen to the music created by some of us, I believe that they see there is a different way of approaching today’s life and today’s sometimes seeming hopelessness that can provide answers.

— David Amram

Are you kidding? I’m supposed to put my books in this filthy tin coffin?

— Kami Garcia, Beautiful Chaos

There’s a difference between preferring books to parties and preferring sixteen cats to seeing the light of day.

— Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.

— Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

The editorial job has become unlike the ancient age when one judged what one read a job of making judgements on outlines ideas reputations previous books scenarios treatments talk and promises.

— Sam Vaughan

Quran‬, ‪Bible‬, ‪BhagwadGita‬ are your (as an follower) way of life and not everyone’s way of life, so don’t force people to change. These Holy books teach you to change yourself (for good) and not others.

— honeya

Zander was always sneaking off to the library to get more books … Guy would read anything. Said books were more interesting than people.

— Justin Cronin, The Passage

Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your mattress, /And you shall sleep restful nights

— Ephrem the Syrian

I cannot choose one hundred best books because I have only written five

— Oscar Wilde

Grammar perfect books are for Ivy Leaguers in Ivory Towers. My book is a sandcastle built on the beach of usefullness.

— Jonathan Heatt, Teaching Snapping Turtles How To Chew Bubblegum

Some books are so special that you never forget where you were the first time you read them.

— Natalie Lloyd, The Key to Extraordinary

I’m calling my book series the ‘with God series.’ And this next ‘with God’ book is Friendship with God, which comes out in November. This books challenges us to bring about the end of ‘better’ on this planet.

— Neale Donald Walsch

Think of these books as doors. Open them and let their ideas stir your mind. Study them and they become weapons.

— Anna K. Lane, Cursed Legacy

I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way. Whatever may happen to me, thank God that I can read, that I have truly touched the minds of other men.

— Walter Tevis, Mockingbird

Master books but do not let them master you. Read to live not live to read.

— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I often buy print books only after I’ve read them in some digital form or other. It’s my odd way of keeping the physical presence of the best among multitudes. And I only have one shelf.

— Joyce Rachelle

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Your love opened up a whole world that no amount of books or wisdom could ever do.

— Kamand Kojouri

If someone had asked him, “Ben, are you lonely? , ” he would have looked at that someone with real surprise. The question had never even occurred to him. He had no friends, but he had his books and his dreams;

— Stephen King, It

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

— Mark Twain

Charter boats are like books with no covers.

— Tania Aebi

If you have read 6, 000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find ‘reality’ a bit of a disappointment.

— Joe Queenan, One for the Books

But when you read books you almost feel like you’re out there in the world. Like you’re going on this adventure right with the main character. At least, that’s the way I do it. It’s actually not that bad. Even if it is mad nerdy.

— Matt de la Pena, We Were Here

Clothes were to Sylvia what books were to me: the only thing that really mattered.

— Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia

Want to get your kids to read more? Try making books easily accessible. Put them where kids can easily reach and don’t make them off limits. (within reason)

— Melanie Kirk, The Bible’s Story: Saga of the Savior King

I never doubted I would have a roof over my head, a school to go to, enough to to eat, books (and newspapers) to read, a safe neighborhood to play in and a doctor to see if I got sick.My parents and grandparents made sure I knew I was lucky.

— Chelsea Clinton, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

Old books that we have known but not possessed cross our path and invite themselves over. New books try to seduce us daily with tempting titles and tantalizing covers.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

People read books to escape the uncertainties of life.

— Barbara Kingsolver

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

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

— Ansel Adams

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

— Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

Generally speaking, books don’t cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.

— Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret

Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.

— Tadao Ando

‘Caught’ is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn’t be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won’t work.

— Harlan Coben

I’m quite proud of what I anticipated about reality television from my books in the early ’90s, which I based on the early seasons of ‘Cops’ and on the amazing stuff I had read about happening on Japanese shows and the British ‘Big Brother’.

— William Gibson

My father was sleepless most of his life. So by the age of five, I was awake with him all night long, watching bad television or we’d lie in the same bed, and I’d read my comic books while he read his latest spy or mystery novel.

— Sherman Alexie

I see the beauty of books and sacred-souls of every author displaced in a bookshop.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

I have more wisdom than any books ever written in history of times, any scripture ever written which you rhyme but this is not my purpose.

— Santosh Kalwar

The whole story of the comfort women, the system of forced sexual slavery, the medical experiments of Unit 731, is not something that is in the US psyche. That is changing because many books are coming out.

— Iris Chang

I grew up with a very romantic, idealized vision of New York, probably because of all the books I read and the movies I watched.

— Adrian Tomine

Many preachers are at home among books but quite at sea among men.

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

Reading time is precious. Don’t waste it. Reading bad books, or books that are wrong for a certain time in your life, can dangerously put you off the activity altogether.

— Lionel Shriver, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not To Have Kids

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope without friends without books even without music as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.

— Axel Munthe

However, at fourteen years old, she didn’t understand that all those terrible troubles the heroines in her books went through in real life

— Kristen Ashley, Three Wishes

Kill the women? No – nobody ever saw anything in the books like that. You fetch them to the cave, and you’re always as polite as pie to them; and by-and-by they fall in love with you and never want to go home any more.

— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don’t discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s stupid. Banning books shows you don’t trust your kids to think and you don’t trust yourself to be able to talk to them.

— Anna Quindlen

I’ve always been interested in science – one of my favourite books is James Watson’s ‘Molecular Biology of the Gene.’

— Bill Gates

Please, not again what you studied, how long you spent at it, how many books you wrote, what people thought of you – but: what did you learn?

— Idries Shah, Reflections

Readers, censors know, are defined by the books they read.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.

— Malala Yousafzai

For books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately.

— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas

We read books. They make us think. It matters very little whether we agree with the books or not.

— Robert Henri

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

— Thurgood Marshall

A self without a shelf remains cryptic a home without books naked.

— Leah Price, Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books

If I loved all the world as I do you, I shouldn’t write books to it: I should only write letters to it, and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy.

— Laurence Housman

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

— Annie Dillard, The Living

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?

— Cesar Chavez

I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I’d written.

— Barbara Kingsolver

A real and admirable writer is the one who can write good books but can take criticisms better.

— Nicholaa Spencer

As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

If you have read 6, 000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find ‘reality’ a bit of a disappointment

— Joe Queenan, One for the Books

In books too, as well as in music, she courted the misery which a contrast between the past and present was certain of giving.

— Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Another case for the dumbness of reading, however, is that books do not contain answers, but rather pose more questions. And asking questions makes you look dumber, not sma

— Dan Wilbur, How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life

I hold a theory that, sooner or later, if a man but live long enough, certain books destined for his peculiar delight will find him, however obscure they or he may be.

— Vincent Starrett, Books and Bipeds

Let us pick up our books and our pens, ” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

— Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn’t think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.

— Dick Gregory

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

— Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims

There are books stacked high around them – the way opportunity and possibility are stacked around them.

— Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King

When you grow up to be an author and write books, you’ll think you’re making the books up, but they’ll all really be true, somewhere.

— Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week

What are books but tangible dreams? What is reading if it is not dreaming? The best books cause us to dream the rest are not worth reading.

— Rikki Ducornet, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade

People who spent the war in prison camps have written a lot of books about what a bad time they had, she said quietly, staring into the embers. they don’t know what it was like, not being in a camp.

— Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice

I think part of why I have so many books around me and why I read every day is because I mythologize the writer. I don’t do that with any other artists.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman

Ultimately, there’s always been a link between comic books and video games, and comic books and movies, and then basically all three steadily becoming this sort of transmedia.

— Troy Duffy

There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime you have to draw the line somewhere.

— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

Alone in the worn mahogany paneled library surrounded by hundreds of books that filled every shelf and lined every wall from floor to ceiling, Lady Butler contemplated, How odd it is that a room filled with millions of words can be so silent.

— Lance Taubold, Ripper: A Love Story

My knowledge of electrical subjects was not acquired in a methodical manner but was picked up from such books as I could get hold of and from such experiments as I could make with my own hands.

— Alexander Graham Bell

All books are either dreams or swords, You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

— Amy Lowell, Selected Poems

I’m a very visual person, and I love opening beautiful books on art or design and looking through them.

— Aerin Lauder

Like language, books serve to express us, but also to complete us, furnishing, through a variety of excerpted and reworked fragments, the missing elements of our personality.

— Pierre Bayard

Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency – the belief that the here and now is all there is.

— Allan Bloom

There are so many books to read. What a paradise!

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

— Walt Disney Company

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.

— Rene Descartes

Read enough books to build your sacred soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

I think I learned about the relationship between books and life from Margaret Mitchell.

— Pat Conroy

Even the names of the books gave me food for thought.

— Virginia Woolf

To me, re-reading my favorite books is like spending time with my best friends.I’d never be satisfied to limit myself to just one experience each with my favorite people.

— C.S. Lewis

They were steaming out of the station before Maia asked, ‘Was it books in the trunk?”It was books, admitted Miss Minton.And Maia said, ‘Good.

— Eva Ibbotson, Journey to the River Sea

I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.

— J.K. Rowling

All books are either dreams or swords.

— Amy Lowell

Fools write books about madness being an elevated mental state or an alternative form of creativity. It’s not, it’s anguish.

— Jonathan Kellerman, Breakdown

It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.

— Eudora Welty

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

— Jane Austen

Do not read books to escape reality. Read them to understand the reality you live in.

— Eric Freh

She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.

— Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Ten books in and the Red Stone Security series is still going strong because of you, my wonderful readers. Thank you.

— Katie Reus, Deadly Fallout

Anything that spreads books and brings about more books, I would say it is good. Good medicine, not bad.

— Jenny Colgan, The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

We profit little by books we do not enjoy.

— John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life

There is nothing magical in them at all. 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

For all the books in his possession, he still failed to read the stories written plain as day in the faces of the people around him.

— Emma Donoghue, Slammerkin

When I was a student I spent a lot of time in the library. That’s where the books and smart girls were.

— Mike Bove

Have you any notion how many books are written about women in the course of one year? Have you any notion how many are written by men? Are you aware that you are perhaps the most discussed animal in the universe?

— Virginia Woolf

There are two things that grant a bit of immortality: books and children

— Tiziano Terzani, La fine è il mio inizio

The products your life must have could be in the form books you have written from the values you have added to yourself.

— Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.

— Neil Gaiman

The fundamental difference between books and movies is that the length of a book does not depend upon the capacity of the human bladder.

— Ashwin Sanghi

If Kindle is upgraded with face recognition and biometric sensors, it can know what made you laugh, what made you sad and what made you angry. Soon, books will read you while you are reading them.

— Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

The entire idea of sin, is based on books of the dead people. It is a sociological invention founded on textual fanaticism.

— Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

Let your love for books grow, as your confidence grows too.

— Liza Osae-Kwapong

Publishers like a good buzz, and negative responses sell books just as well as positive ones.

— Richard Dawkins

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can’t stop to count it.

— Evita Peron

Our favorite games were killing.Our favorite books were death.It had been beaten into us:God is love.Not the parched face and gnarledcapes across a stick body; jitteringin the nude sky, we couldn’t seetrying to touch usfor the blood in our eyes.

— Joseph Bathanti, This Metal

A few diaries could replace tons of self help books simply because their written in the first person…

— Stanley Victor Paskavich

You read enough books in which people like you are disposable, or are dirt, or are silent, absent, or worthless, and it makes an impact on you. Because art makes the world, because it matters, because it makes us. Or breaks us.

— Rebecca Solnit

Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that one does, from the books you read to the way you bring up your children. Everything you do is connected.

— David Chipperfield

Good books are for consideration after, too.

— Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

Like Petrach’s, my books know infinitely more than I do, and I’m grateful that they even tolerate my presence. At times I feel that I abuse the privilege.

— Alberto Manguel

For me, good films and good books are irreducible to a lesson. You can’t just kind of translate them into one statement. On the contrary, the more you do that, the less wisdom in art there is.

— Pawel Pawlikowski

I have a publishing company of books by me and books of others. It drew people to poetry readings and photo exhibitions and painting exhibitions that I’ve been doing for years before that.

— Viggo Mortensen

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

— Hermann Hesse

The books I would like to print are the books I love to read and keep.

— William Morris

We believed in the existence in this country of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price and staked everything on it.

— Allen Lane

I bring you with reverent handsThe books of my numberless dreams.

— W.B. Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds

When a day passes, it is no longer there. What remains of it? Nothing more than a story. If stories weren’t told or books weren’t written, man would live like the beasts, only for the day. The whole world, all human life, is one long story.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Naftali the Storyteller and His Horse, Sus and Other Stories

The books that influence the world are those that it has not read.

— G.K. Chesterton

We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

— Franz Kafka

Passion for books is the desire to read.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Not a day goes by, without thinking, that books are our future, not technology.

— Arianna Ruby

Without story books is like a person with no soul.

— Stephen King

Do the children who prefer books set in the real, ordinary, workaday world ever read as obsessively as those who would much rather be transported into other worlds entirely?

— Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

What in this fucking world are you going to tell me?…One book has been written by You so far… you have read few books and you are spreading what!?

— Deyth Banger

In my view, nineteen pounds of old books are at least nineteen times as delicious as one pound of fresh caviar.

— Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

That’s what our country needs – more books and far more readers.

— Aman Jassal, Rainbow – the shades of love

Why do people always wonder whether books are any good, without wondering whether they are themselves in a state to profit from them?

— Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

you may always find good books to read but the best and the ultimate book to read is the Holy Bible

— Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Distinctive Footprints of Life: Where Are You Heading Towards?

There are books written to be read.There are books written to be sold.The first ones have the soul and lessons you need.The second ones are just plain, empty, and cold.

— Alexandr Iscenco

Good books makes good life.Great books makes great life.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

To find the books end, cross the ancient wood to the mystic isle.Until then, prepare yourselffor the coming battle. . .AND TRUST NO ONE.

— Michelle Zink, Prophecy of the Sisters

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

— Neil Gaiman

Walk into any bookstore and you’ll find hundreds of books telling you how to live. Don’t be misled, and don’t be deceived. Instead, build your life on the truth God has given us in His Word.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

I want all the books on the she

— E.L. Konigsburg, Talk, Talk : A Children’s Book Author Speaks to Grown-Ups

Then I realize that words like “optimism” and “hope” which appear in all those self-help books that claim they’ll make us more confident and better to cope with life, are just that: words.

— Paulo Coelho, Adultery

The person you will be in 5 years is decided by the people you spend time with and the books you read today

— Unknown

Reading books would be boring if you lack imagination…

— Himmilicious

The books you read in childhood shape the person you become.

— Paula Berinstein

I won’t lie!Probably from books you have saw that I’m not good at English, probably because I don’t live in such country which this language is important or let’s say to be native. But as for now I can’t do a lot of for that!

— Deyth Banger

Gay liberation did not create gay promiscuity. There was sex before there were marches, politics, or books – it was the best reason for being homosexual, it and love.

— Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

My life – my personality, my habits, even my speech – is a combination of the books I choose to read, the people I choose to listen to, and the thoughts I choose to tolerate in my mind

— Andy Andrews

that the grace of fable stirs the mind”…and…”that the perusal of excellent books is, as it were, to interview with the noblest men of past ages

— René Descartes

To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

— Claude Adrien Helvétius

Of course I loved books more than people.

— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

They always said my books were ass. The next one I wrote told them to kiss it!

— Khali Raymond

What he knew, he knew from books, and books lied, they made things prettier.

— Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

All my books reflect travel adventures of some kind, and all have a soul: a spiritual or mystical underpinning.

— O. R. Melling

You don’t spend your life hanging around books without learning a thing or two.

— Lemony Snicket, Shouldn’t You Be in School?

I don’t know when reading books became the most essential thing about me, but it happened over the years and I found myself the most willing servant of what I considered a rich habit.

— Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

When I die I hope it may be said:’Her suffering was black, but her books were read’.

— Shannon L. Alder

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children . . . do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is the gateway drug to other books you may prefer.

— Neil Gaiman

So he earns your undying love by reading a book under a tree?” Cole said dryly. “Why didn’t I ever try that approach? I like books and trees.

— Brodi Ashton

Jimmy Boom Semtex says Semtex goes BOOM! Handle his books with care.

— Jimmy Boom Semtex

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

— John Wooden

I lean toward anything with a dark sense of humor. And since I’ve been out of school, the majority of my books have been contemporary; basically, I like my characters to have electricity – even better, a TV.

— Andrea Seigel

While doing an enquiry on renowned horror author, “Edgar Allen Poe” I was astonished to notice how more successful his biographical books sold compared to his own books.

— Chris Mentillo

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts.

— Savi Sharma, Everyone Has A Story

Some people act as though art that is for a mass audience is not good art, and I think this has been a very negative thing. I know that I have wanted very much to write books that are accessible to the widest audience possible.

— bell hooks

You are the same today that you are going to be five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.

— Charles Jones

One day, I decided I was going to write books forever.

— Carla H. Krueger

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think all the walks I want to take all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

For my success I am immensely grateful to God, my parents, my family, my friends, my teachers and to the books I read.

— Amit Kalantri

Literature suffers because writers give their books to colleagues who will then write glowing reviews or saccharine introductions.

— F. Sionil José, In Search of the Word: Selected Essays

There’s something about each of my books that I’m really proud of, and there’s something about each of my books that I cringe over.

— Margaret Peterson Haddix

What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

— Voltaire, Le Fanatisme Ou Mahomet Le Prophète: Tragédie

I love books because I don’t have to wait for the commercials to be over to find out what happens.

— Unknown.

Unless a convention of anarchists visited the library yesterday, most books ought to be in their rightful places.

— Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game

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

— David Baldacci, The Camel Club

Dear Miss Pomeroy, I am saddened by the things I do not know. There are hundreds–thousands–of books in the world and I will never be able to read all of them.I am old.Walter

— Barbara Wersba, Walter: The Story of a Rat

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

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.

— Wisława Szymborska, Nonrequired Reading

When people ask me how come I have written over three hundred books my response to them is take advantage of time.

— Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

My grandmother was a psychiatrist and had shelves full of medical books – I was constantly sneaking looks at some of those. I was fascinated by the descriptions of illnesses and diseases.

— Jennifer McMahon

I only read books if Voltaire’s cock has been dipped in red ink and rolled over the cover.

— Greg Proops

What I can tell you is DO IT. Publish book one and get book two out as soon as possible. There are very few Harper Lee’s. Most of us are going to have to write a few books to get good at it.

— Dan Alatorre

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries. At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed seven times as often as books by women.

— Sara Paretsky

A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.

— Astrid Lindgren

The dusty library air is electric with secrets/ almost palpable in the thick quiet that bounces between/ Cal and those books and me

— Stasia Ward Kehoe, The Sound of Letting Go

Each of my books is different. Deliberately… I wanted to create my society, my people, in their fullness.

— Chinua Achebe

I make books because I love them as objects; because I want to put the pictures and the words together, because I want to tell a story.

— Audrey Niffenegger, The Three Incestuous Sisters

The book of Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Bible. Yet, something beneath the surface whispers to us, hinting that there is much more beneath this little book. (page iii)

— Michael Ben Zehabe, A Commentary on Jonah

This would be…a book that would be a trapdoor down into some place dark. A place only you could go, alone, when you opened the cover. Because only books have that power.

— Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

I find great consolation in having a lot of poetry books around. I believe that writing poetry and reading it are deeply intertwined. I’ve always delighted in the company of the poets I’ve read.

— Edward Hirsch

It takes all sorts to make a world, ” some are soldiers from the cradle, some merchants, some orators; nothing but a love of books was the gift given to me by the fairies.

— Andrew Lang, Adventures Among Books

Living your life is a long and doggy business. . . . And stories and books help. Some help you with the living itself. Some help you just take a break. The best do both at the same time.

— Anne Fine, Goggle-Eyes

In the dark, with the windows lit and the rows of books glittering, the library is a closed space, a universe of self-serving rules that pretend to replace or translate those of the shapeless universe beyond.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Books. It’s always easier to tell people that a character is funny rather than attempt to hit the punchline of a joke that character would’ve said. But if we all simply told, books would cease to exist. And so would empathy. And feeling.

— Joyce Rachelle

Love…who needed love? As long as she had her books and her friends and an occasional hookup, she was perfectly content.

— Lauren Conrad, L.A. Candy

What the gurus were now selling was rehashed woo-woo! Now with NAPS you can truly use the Law of Attraction to its full potential, making all of those self-help books and audios obsolete!

— Stephen Richards, NAPS: Discover The Power Of Night Audio Programs

What’s the point of a houseful of books you’ve already read?

— Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

…real teenage boys aren’t like characters in the books you read. They smell funny and are obsessed with video games and say dumb things. They’re still learning, just like you.

— Stacey Jay, Juliet Immortal

For life is too short to resign ourselves to reading poorly written books and sleeping with women we don’t love.

— Anne Garréta, Not One Day

On a practical level, poetry isn’t something anybody has really made a great living at. I might sell some books and, once in a while, someone might pay to hear me read.

— Viggo Mortensen

I jealously guard my research time and I love fully immersing myself in those dusty old books and papers. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.

— Sara Sheridan

Inspiration comes from everywhere. From life, observing people, etc. From movies and books you love. From research.

— Holly Black

There are three books my daughter felt were the most important influences in her life: the Bible her mother’s cookbook and her father’s checkbook.

— Joyce Mattingly

Our relation to books is a shadowy space haunted by the ghosts of memory, and the real value of books lies in their ability to conjure these specters.

— Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

Good books do not waste our time as most people do… collect a great quantity of books, build alibrary worthy of your noble soul, andspend without stint all the money necessary for it.

— Cardinal Augustin Valier

How can you be bored? There are so many books to read!

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A world without books would be a world not worth living in.

— Eugenia Argerami

My eyes hunger to read more books then time allows me to devour.

— Jazz Feylynn

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

— Mark Twain

A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul. Such books were for him rare and, as he aged, rarer. Still he searched, one more Ithaca for which he was forever bound.

— Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped up in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult books, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

We shouldn’t teach great books we should teach a love of reading.

— B. F. Skinner

Read books when you are free, read minds when you are’nt….but do read…

— Rabindranath Tagore

It’s a bit of a cliche, but I think girls like to get flowers. I think books are quite romantic, too. If you can find an interesting book, that brings something out in your partner that can be very romantic.

— Douglas Booth

I have read numerous books by Scarlett Avery and I have not been disappointed. —kristina pelka

— Scarlett Avery, Devilish Temptation

I keep my books at the British Museum and at Mudies.

— Samuel Butler

Nick chided a censor, who wished some books gone, and suggested she scan Fahrenheit 451. For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan, cause if they could read, they just read Ayn Rand.

— David Davis, Librarian’s Night Before Christmas

A determined Yankee book drummer once told a Southerner that ‘a set of books on scientific agriculture’ would teach him to ‘farm twice as good as you do.’ To which the Southerner replied: ‘Hell, son, I don’t farm half as good as I know how now.

— Grady McWhiney, Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.

— Voltaire

When I was a girlthe books I read were by men.

— Sharon Doubiago, Hard Country

The institution that had the greatest effect on Berenson’s education was the Boston public library, the first in the country that allowed people to take books home to read them.

— Rachel Cohen, Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade

By the usual reckoning, the worst books make the best films.

— Iain M. Banks

And may I live the remainder of my life … for myself may there be plenty of books and many years’ store of the fruits of the earth!

— Horace

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.

— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.

— Moliere

People love books because they’re searching for answers to deep, unconscious questions – and books get as close as it’s possible to get.

— Carla H. Krueger

Growing up, I loved the tale of Peter Rabbit and also books on Pippi Longstocking. Pippi was a girl who had so much fun and was very daring. My sons loved all the Dr. Seuss books

— Soraya Diase Coffelt

Archie says books are our best lovers and our most provoking friends.

— Stephanie Butland, Lost For Words

Make no mistake, those who write long books have nothing to say.Of course those who write short books have even less to say.

— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

Like Wollstonecraft, Austen rejects the notion that ‘man was made to reason, woman to feel.’ Perhaps Austen was tired of reading passages in conduct books suggesting that young women were innately sensitive, quivering, emotional messes.

— Emily Auerbach

I look back now with amazement at the small accidents that put certain books before me.

— Vince Passaro

For peace read books, for success read books and take actions.

— Amit Kalantri

It is the man who loves reading books who gets to know himself

— Ndiritu Wahome, The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales

I kissed my fingers, held my palm flat beside my mouth and blew it into the air that surrounded her memory. I closed my eyes, thinking this was one of those moments you see in movies or read about in books where everything comes together.

— Belinda Jeffrey, One Long Thread

I love really long books because it feels like you are diving into a pool for a very long time.:)

— Lola shub

I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.

— Dean Koontz

You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.

— John Lothrop Motley

Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity.

— Anthony Powell

Luckily, even as a young man not yet become himself, John Bridgens had two things besides indecision that kept him from self-destruction – books and a sense of irony.

— Dan Simmons, The Terror

How could it be that I wanted those scary narrow streets and books and coffee shops for her so much more than she wanted them for herself?

— Rufi Thorpe, The Girls from Corona del Mar

We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read

— Warren Zevon

They have a baby grand piano, but no one in the family plays. They have shelves of books they’ve never read, and the tension between the couples was so thick it nearly choked us.

— Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

I think people read travel books either because they intend to take that trip, or because they would never take that trip. In a sense, as a writer you are doing the travel for the reader.

— Paul Theroux

There was something she found intensely attractive about a man with a thirst for knowledge. Marc’s obsessive love of books had been–she realized now–a huge part of his appeal….

— Martin Edwards, The Frozen Shroud

My books are my brain and my heart made visible.

— Merilyn Simonds, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: A Book Lover Bridges the Digital Divide

Readers understand that the books celebrate female power. In the romance novel, the woman always wins. With courage, intelligence and gentleness she brings the most dangerous creature on the earth, the human male, to his knees.

— Jayne Ann Krentz

I like to read books and be alone I’m not social butterfly person.

— Hope Solo

I never thought, in my lifetime, that you’d be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today.

— Dolly Parton

I’ve stopped reading about the death of books because it’s wasteful and morbid and insulting to the authors, agents, publishers, booksellers, critics, and readers that keep the world community of fiction interesting.

— Patrick deWitt

A theme in a lot of my books – and in my own life – is making choices that you feel you should make, or what society wants you to make, as opposed to what is truly right for you.

— Emily Giffin

Here is a nice fact books and ebooks take a lot of time to be read, but audiobooks just for one day or 2 you finish them… this is a great fact!

— Deyth Banger

Self-Help books are for bitchesss

— Deyth Banger, Deeper Level C#N

You’re reading one of those books in which the author is in love with the reader. My life.

— Saleem Sharma

I must warn you that the books I like are not necessarily the ones I think are the best. I like them for various reasons not always easy to explain.

— Gabriel García Márquez

Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.

— John Green

We will read books together inside the blanket and stay warm. And keep writing poetry in our respective journals. Time will fly but we will still remain inside the blanket forever.

— Avijeet Das

In the early ’70s – a very good time for children’s books and their authors – editors and publishers were willing to take a chance on a new writer. They were willing and able to invest their time in nurturing writers with promise, encouraging them.

— Judy Blume

[Kieran]his head propped on a stack of poetry books he’d brought from the library. Almost all of them had been inscribed on the inside cover by a James Herondale, who had neatly written out his favorite lines.

— Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows

I turned to books for comfort. (Former First Lady, Laura Bush)

— Laura Bush, Spoken from the Heart

Who wants to be used? I love to read, so books are my main friends. They’re always available, always friendly, and always interesting, and they never make me choose sides.

— Lurlene McDaniel

Magazines all too frequently lead to books and should be regarded by the prudent as the heavy petting of literature.

— Fran Lebowitz

I walked to the bookcase and examined the storybooks inside. As a girl, I had dreamed of having stacks of books at my disposal–stories to get lost in, other worlds to live in when mine was so bleak.

— Sarah Jio, The Last Camellia

[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.

— Simon Van Booy

Prepare yourself for some bad news: Ronald Reagan’s library just burned down. Both books were destroyed. But the real horror: He hadn’t finished coloring either one of them.

— Gore Vidal

What’s the rush? Recognise that with the time at our disposal, there is only a limited number of good books you can read, a few really good movies worth seeing, and a finite number of hours, days, years to enjoy them!

— Ken Puddicombe

It seems like whenever a big newspaper or TV show talks about teen literature, they focus on dark books or vampire books. It’s kind of this cliche. It seems like the only time adults pay attention is with that angle.

— Jay Asher

I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me.” ― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

— Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

I generally give the title-page a fair chance, ” Roger said. “Once can’t always judge books merely by the cover.

— Charles Williams, Shadows of Ecstasy

Books understand me, but humans don’t understand me. They are bad friends books are forever as well as computer’s and Tv and everything else which doesn’t have soul. Although that dogs and cats and many other animals are quite interesting friends.

— Deyth Banger

I shake my head. “Not my kind of scene. I’d rather be home with my book boyfriend.” “I’ll never get what you book sluts get out of a fictional man…” He shakes his head. “Boys in books are better.

— Danielle Torella, Private Message

This is unbearable … God. These books she’ll never read. Her Life’s Library.

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

There are few finer or more innocent pleasures than talking books to one who knows. There may be joy in heaven- I am told there is- but the evidence is not conclusive, and I’ll take mine here in my library.

— A. Edward Newton, This Book Collecting Game

I have so little patience with the whole Y.A. book thing. As far as I’m concerned, you either read books for children or you read books for adults.

— Richard K. Morgan

Don’t get me wrong: I can and do waste time on the Internet with the best of them, but in some respects, I am an embarrassingly analog guy. I am not on Facebook. I write whole books on yellow legal pads. I do not own a cell phone.

— Jonathan Dee

Great books live longer than people.They are gonna bury us all.

— Patricia Nedelea

I enjoy sharing my books as I do my friends, asking only that you treat them well and see them safely home.

— Ernest Morgan

If you truly love film, I think the healthiest thing to do is not read books on the subject. I prefer the glossy film magazines with their big color photos and gossip columns, or the National Enquirer. Such vulgarity is healthy and safe.

— Werner Herzog

I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.

— Carol Ann Duffy

…I will not allow books to prove any thing.””But how shall we prove any thing?””We never shall.

— Jane Austen, Persuasion

Knowledge cannot defile nor consequently the books if the will and conscience be not defiled.

— John Milton

And as I surveyed the clutter of his study I was pleased to see that he was a man after my own heart. All of his money appeared to have been spent on either books or shelves to hold them.

— Ross King, Ex-Libris

It is one of the strongest bonds, I think, that can spring up between people: sharing a passion for certain books and their authors.

— Alice Steinbach, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

The ‘Big Bang’ idea of pseudo armchair pundits, too is as much a theory as a human-like big buffoon, that your so-called ‘holy’ books call god.

— Fakeer Ishavardas

Stories are life, ” protested Pico. “Without them, books would be only paper and ink, with them they breathe, the reader is drawn in, the stories become him.

— Keith Miller, The Book of Flying

Motivational and moral books can change your present and future. Only The Bible can change your past.

— Alin Sav

I wasn’t smart enough to read relationship books when I was coming up. I learned everything the hard way.

— Michael Ealy

over the decadesher books becamesuch a part of herthatthe ink somehow escapedher veins & bloomedher favorite words & imagesonto her skin.nowthe worldwould have no doubt:she was thepageboundgirl- page to skin

— Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One

If someone had asked him, “Ben, are you lonely? , ” he would have looked at that someone with real surprise. The question had never even occurred to him. He had no friends, but he had his books and his dreams…

— Stephen King, It

Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, fifty books per year, and will guarantee your success.

— Brian Tracy

Standing before the worn books and dusty shelves, she seemed like a ray of light in the windowless room.

— Lisa Kleypas, Because You’re Mine

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is always possible to be happy.

— Augustine Birrell

Friends might share clothes and chocolate, but they must share books. Just like you share the same stars, share the same books and you’ll never be apart.

— Toni Sorenson

I had a serious library at my disposal, because my Popo believed that culture entered by osmosis and it was better to start early, but my favorite books were fairy tales.

— Isabel Allende, Maya’s Notebook

I adore forgotten words, long lost folk tales, and books with pages soft and crumbling. I am a collector of scents and memories. The things that others bury are the things I hold most dear.

— Nichole McElhaney, Poetry for Melancholy Ghosts and Ethereal Maidens

No one should stand for nor chant the Pledge of Allegiance because it was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior (see the discoveries by the historian Dr. Rex Curry in the many books that cite his academic work)

— Lin Xun, Libertarian History

The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more.

— Gabriel Zaid, So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance

When it came to talking with God, I wanted to believe he was like those stars. If I looked, he’d be there. I’d lost a lot of things in the years that led up to this point – shoes and keys and books and boyfriends – but I never lost that hope

— Hannah Brencher, If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.

— Carl Sagan

A fool can read a thousand books and learn nothing.A wise person can read one and become great. Using books for decoration is what ordinary men do. Using books for knowledge is what intelligent people do.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

I want to spend my life with someone and do nice things and go on adventures, read books and have nice food and celebrate things. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in the bedroom like some people who just go to bed and never get out again.

— Tracey Emin

The popular culture gives us books that offer entertainment but no ideas. High culture gives us books that offer ideas but no entertainment. The best books manage to do both.

— Gene Edward Veith Jr., Reading Between the Lines

There are plenty of laws to protect guys’ money even in war time but there’s nothing on the books says a man’s life’s his own.

— Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

I most likely like books which are out of my language… English… for example is a great example – Not my native language, but I enjoy the covers and how the words sound.

— Deyth Banger

Don’t think you can watch all the romantic movies, soap operas, TV shows and read all the romantic books out there and not be affected. Ninety-nine percent of the romantic stuff out there is garbage… and what you put in always comes out… UGLIER!

— Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, Impossible Is Stupid

Most people assume I write at night because of the kind of books I write, but I can shut out the light with my mind.

— Carla H. Krueger

The world of books is the only paradise there is.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Best wishes to all the fonts in all the texts in all the books that make for a world of unfolding stories.

— Michael Ray Smith

I like Mr. Dickens’ books much better than yours, Papa. Said one of Thackeray’s daughters.

— David Markson, The Last Novel

Just as books are read one word at a time, roads are taken one step at a time.

— Xinran, Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

Anyone can see that an ass laden with books remains a donkey. A human being laden with the undigested results of a tussle with thoughts and books, however, still passes for wise.

— Idries Shah, Reflections

Words are the key, the books are the door.

— Velin

Life’s harder, the deeper you feel things, was all I could think as I put the books away. Feelings, who needs them? Sometimes they’re like a gift, when you feel love or happiness. Sometimes they’re a curse.

— John Marsden, The Dead of Night

Some books are so beautiful and intriguing that you never want to put them down, forever leaving you in anticipation to read the next page.Some people are the same way.

— Katie Douglas

Books should be cherished, like children, books are for the next generation, like children, like history.

— Edna Ferber, Ice Palace

It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn’t want to move around very much.

— Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

— Francis Bacon, The Essays

The reading of great books awaken and brightens the light of my soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

It comes a point in which you don’t know if you write books or the books write you

— Robin Sacredfire

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

— George W. Bush

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.

— Mark Haddon

What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects–with their Christianity latent.

— C.S. Lewis

But I think the most important thing those books gave me was a kind of faith. My books promised me that life wasn’t just made up of workaday tasks and prosaic things. The world is bigger and more colorful and more important than that.

— Laura Amy Schlitz, The Hired Girl

Never lend books – nobody ever returns them the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.

— Anatole France

I’m fine. I’m not even all that hungry. I’d much rather explore the book shop.”“Food first, books after, ” he said sternly, not liking the dark shadows of fatigue beneath her eyes. Who knew when she’d last slept? “And then we should rest early.

— Brooklyn Ann, Wynter’s Bite

Reviewing bad books is bad for the character – WH Auden

— Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Nobody steals books but your friends.

— Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon

…Okay… probably now you have read all my books up to now…, you have check out everything what I have and you are asking what more???Check out horror and try to understand it!

— Deyth Banger

So we may use our books to form a barricade against the world, interweaving their words with our own to ward off the heat of the day.

— Peter Ackroyd, English Music

Having books standing on a shelf in a room is like having completely different worlds at the ready, waiting to be explored.

— J.F Hermann

I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.

— John Burroughs, The Summit of the Years

Like beautiful homes, cute babies, or noble careers helping others, books can make us feel like we mean something positive, and in gratitude, we truly love them.

— Nell Zink

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

— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

A little known fact: I read all the time. books were the one thing that got me out of Gatlin, even if it was only for a little while.

— Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures

It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.

— Agatha Christie, The Clocks

…I used to think if you read enough books you’d automatically know how to do everything the right way. But reading and doing are not the same at all.

— Judy Blume, Forever . . .

Sometimes I think books are the only friends worth having.

— Susie Derkins

Replace your old books with the book you’ve always wanted to write.

— Rob Bignell, Editor, Writing Affirmations: A Collection of Positive Messages to Inspire Writers

The influence of early books is profound. So much of the future lies on the shelves. Early reading has more influence than any religious teaching.

— Graham Greene, A Sort Of Life

The books in the library were old, rotted, and there was no one left in the world to read them, but Kira made sure that none of them went into the fire. It seemed wrong.

— Dan Wells, Fragments

There was going to be a spot for me in this joint, the earth, after all. It was never going to be a great match for someone as bright and strange as me, but books were going to make it survivable.

— Anne Lamott

Music is gathering. Taking our scattered thoughts and senses and coalescing us back into our core. Music is powerful. The first few chords can change us where no self-help books can.

— Jane Siberry

Let me first state forthright that contrary to what we’ve often read in books and heard from preachers, when you are a woman, you don’t feel like the Devil.

— Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.

— René Descartes

Laughter and books and wine are holy things

— and living is good

If you are talking about beauty, books are cheaper than cosmetics.

— Svaradiva

What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth.

— Lillian Hellman

Ability, experience and books have solution for all the problems.

— Amit Kalantri

Whether I’m being influenced by new music that I’m listening to, books I’ve read, my friends, or my faith, I’m learning all the time.

— Hayley Williams

Okay”, I breathed. “Then what will it take?” I was completely out of my element. Begging a girl to go on a date with me. This was fucked up.””Miss it.”I stared into her cold, blue eyes and knew I’d just met the kind of girl books are written about.

— Tarryn Fisher, Thief

…Fritz Leiber, the great fantasist and science fiction writer…called books ‘the scholar’s mistress’…the one who made no demands and always took him in…

— Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

What are a friend’s books for if not to be borrowed?

— Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

Before he had lost his sight, the maester had loved books as much as Samwell Tarly did. He understood the way that you could sometimes fall right into them, as if each page was a hole into another world.

— George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

If the self-help books worked, it would be a shrinking industry not a growing one.

— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

In the case of good books the point is not to see how many of them you can get through but rather how many can get through to you.

— Mortimer J. Adler

Just as some books are so beautiful and intriguing that you never want to put them down, forever eager of what lies beyond the scope of a single page, so you never cease to intrigue me, leaving me in constant yearning of all that resides within you.

— Katie Douglas

It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this books survives, his ideas live.

— Christopher Paolini, Eragon

I love to go the library to borrow books. But I also enjoyed buying books to create my sacred library.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

I can think of few better ways to introduce a child to books than to let her stack them, upend them, rearrange them, and get her fingerprints all over them.

— Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

I cannot live without books because books are my life.

— Acacia

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

— Martin Luther

There is no such thing as a bad book, I just like some books more than others…

— Chris Geiger

To whom do books belong? The books we read and the books we write are both ours and not ours. They’re also theirs.

— Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

But when your heart is tired and dumb, your soul has need of ease, There’s none like the quiet folk who wait in libraries–The counselors who never change, the friends who never go, The old books, the dear books that understand and know!

— Margaret Widdemer, The Old Road to Paradise

Take some books and read

— that’s an immense help

…’To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.’– Ecclesiastes 12:12

— Jehovah, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

Only bad books have good endings.If a book is any good, it’s ending is always bad – because you don’t want the book to end.

— Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret

And tell them all about the books you’ve read. Better still, buy some more books and read them. That’s an order. You can never read too many books.

— P.B. Kerr, The Akhenaten Adventure

I could read the great books but the great books don’t interest me.

— Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems

There are good books which are only for adults.There are no good books which are only for children.

— W.H. Auden

People that read fucking books don’t take action!

— Daniel S. Peña

I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.

— Emma Watson

Kid’s books should be just as good as any other books. No. They should be held to a *higher* standard than other literature for the same reason that we take extra care with children’s food.

— Patrick Rothfuss

I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy.

— Mason Cooley

Now and then I am asked as to ‘what books a statesman should read, ’ and my answer is, poetry and novels – including short stories under the head of novels.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The love for books is a paradise.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

This is what books only aimed to do and never could. Give you the glint of someone else’s sunrise, what living is really like, you get old and it hurts to bend your elbow; your friends start to die, you can’t get fresh fruit in the shops.

— Geoff Ryman, Paradise Tales: and Other Stories

Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.

— Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Ten years from now, no one is going to care how quickly the books came out. The only thing that will matter, the only thing anyone will remember, is how good they were. That’s my main concern, and always will be.

— George R.R. Martin

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

— Walter Bagehot

If you’re frightened of the countless number of books in the library, you’ll never write anything, until you close your eyes and hold the pen.

— Michael Bassey Johnson

All I needed to know, all true knowledge, the only really essential knowledge, was to be found in the books I read and the music I listened to

— Karl Ove Knausgård

My books are friends that never fai

— Thomas Carlyle

[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.

— Judy Blume

What experience cannot teach you now, mentors and books can foretell! To take the lead in whatever you do, be willing to learn and educate yourself regularly!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

If I had to choose between all the books in the world and you, then I would choose to read your body for the rest of my life.

— Kamand Kojouri

What is the purpose of history? It seeds only hate. All the history books should be burnt, so that we are no longer the peoples of our lands, but merely peoples…

— Claire North, The End of the Day

When it comes to books and friends, it is best to have only a few but all good ones.

— Guillaume Musso, Will You Be There?

When I was in my early to mid-teens, that was a very heavy diet of science fiction and fantasy, so those were the kinds of books I tended to imagine writing someday, or even began to try to write.

— Michael Chabon

I loved to read when I was a kid, and as soon as I realized that an actual person got to make up the books I loved so much, I decided that that was the job for me.

— Margaret Peterson Haddix

The products your life must have could be in the form of books you’ve read or teachings you listen to via audio or video.

— Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

Have you been reading those books that clueless illiterate Duja in charge of the lending library lets you borrow?’ ‘No, Ma.’ ‘Then what put you in mind of devils possessing nuns to take over the church?

— Renita D’Silva, Monsoon Memories

A legacy is not what is recorded in history books or repeated in song, but what is woven into the souls of those who remain.(from The General’s Legacy)

— Adrian G. Hilder

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.

— Elbert Hubbard

I hate most people. And I don’t want to, it’s an awful way to be. But the human race gives me no comfort. I find myself turning to books and films for comfort still. It’s repulsive, because one’s life consists of people, not things.

— Morrissey

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

— Jackie Kennedy

A life without books is like body without a soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you.[…]You turn the page and there is nothing.

— Caroline Kepnes

The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.

— Ross Macdonald

My books are elegiac in the sense that they’re odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination.

— Richard Russo

Closed books are like closed eyes—you must open them to see anything.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

In our modern age, there are writers who have heaped scorn on the very idea of the primacy of story. I’d rather warm my hands on a sunlit ice floe than try to coax fire from the books they carve from glaciers.

— Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

The only way to educate oneself is by making books a life companion.

— Michael Bassey Johnson, Master of Maxims

We call love what binds us to certain creatures only by reference to a collective way of seeing for which books and legends are responsible.

— Albert Camus

[Our] minds are molded in many different ways— often in ways we are not aware of at the time. I am convinced that many things—the films we watch, the television we see, the music we listen to, the books we read—have a great effect on us.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

There weren’t any curtains in the windows, and the books that didn’t fit into the bookshelf lay piled on the floor like a bunch of intellectual refugees.

— Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

I was so sure this was different, the kind of story they made movies and books about, but in the end it was just a summer to a summer, a dizzying breath of honeysuckle and whiskey and candle smoke, inhaled, held, let go.

— Leah Raeder, Unteachable

Love : so many people read about it in books and research on it in libraries yet so few discover the real feeling of it!

— Avijeet Das

Good books last longer than blog posts, which fade into cyberspace, hoping that a Google search will bring them to light again one day. And they shape a higher purpose in shaping a reader….Read books!

— Aimee Byrd

Comedy doesn’t makes your IQ higher…….Read Science… and don’t re-read books for higher IQ!

— Deyth Banger

To come out and meet kids who have my books in their hands is kind of amazing.

— Jeff Kinney

The fault I find in our journalism is that it forces us to take an interest in some fresh triviality or other everyday, whereas only three or four books in a lifetime give us anything that is of real importance.

— Marcel Proust

A library — a place full of books! Imagine!” Ivy couldn’t imagine a place closer to heaven. Think of all the books you could read!

— Gemma Jackson, Through Streets Broad and Narrow

A library at night is full of sounds: the unread books can’t stand it any longer and announce their contents, some boasting, some shy, some devious.

— Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Once you become a known writer, you will not have bad books anymore. You will only have less good books than the good ones.

— I.B. George

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

— Arthur Conan Doyle

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.

— Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World

Home is where your books are.

— Kerstin Gier

How do you explain to a nonreader that books aren’t just things but treasured friends? Companions?

— Laura Jensen Walker, Daring Chloe

— that books were mirrors, reflective in sometimes unpredictable ways.

— Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True

For a long while they are silent, thinking about abstract things like control and what it means to love an institution that is defined by loss, because a library is such a space and their duty is to encourage the books to leave.

— Lindsey Drager, The Sorrow Proper

An extrovert looks at a stack of books and sees a stack of papers, while an introvert looks at the same stack and sees a soothing source of escape.

— Eric Samuel Timm

Did you never wonder why the old books are so full of dragons chasing after maidens? The serpents think the girls are orphans, and long to get them away in a lair so that they may grow up strong and tall.

— Catherynne M. Valente, In the Cities of Coin and Spice

Post kept bound books with typed lists of gifts sent and received … jeweler Harry Winston sent her a box of cheese

— Estella M. Chung, Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post

There are books that change our perspectives and books that change our personalities.

— Carla H. Krueger

I have built a city from the books I’ve read. A good book sings a a timeless music that is heard in the choir lofts, and balconies, and theaters that thrived within that secret city inside me.

— Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

They spent pork-barrel money like a tidal-wave sea, but no funds trickled down far enough to reach me. Our books numbered few and were falling apart, and I sat mending pages with a crestfallen heart.

— David Davis, Librarian’s Night Before Christmas

I have always been passionate about travelling. Credits to the books for they were invented. If not, I might not be able to reach my dream.

— Haidy Santos

People experience books so very differently.

— Amy Neftzger, The War of Words

Coffee and books are a simple recipe for happiness.

— Nourhan Mamdouh

The best way to not die with vacation time on the books is to stop worrying about what you shoulda done. Stop worrying about what you woulda done. Stop worrying about what you coulda done.

— Andrea Goeglein

Judge not the value of a friend by the number of boy- or girlfriends they helped you get. But by the number of books they’ve recommended to you.

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Good books make you ask questions. Bad readers want everything answered.

— Scott Westerfeld

My books have very few villains pretending to be righteous, but they are filled with good people who have pretended to be villains so well that they believe it themselves. This is how I like to view reality.

— Kenneth Everett

I wonder at times if we’re not all blind. It just seems there are an abundance of books unread, paint strokes not admired, and performances unattended. So much attention painstakingly sought and not given.

— Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Remember some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and, finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole.

— Robin S. Sharma

I do, I’m afraid, understand books far more readily than I understand people. Books are so easy to get along with.

— Katherine Rundell, Rooftoppers

Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.

— Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

Computers allow us to squeeze the most out of everything, whether it’s Google looking up things, so I guess that tends to make us a little lazy about reading books and doing things the hard way to understand how those things work.

— Buzz Aldrin

Elend: I kind of lost track of time…Breeze: For two hours?Elend: There were books involved.

— Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

That settles it, no more books about vampire before bedtime.

— Amanda Ashley

Our private tastes in books showed a hint of our secret selves.

— Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

Because books saved my life, literally, I’ve become close to them

— Malebo Sephodi

Fiction should be in its way subversive. I don’t think books should be neat or gentle or genteel or comforting. I think they should be raw. They should be written as perfectly as possible, but what they do is to stir up, to lance the reader.

— Edna O’Brien

The library was open for one hour after school let out. I hid there, looking at art books and reading poetry.

— Lynda Barry

Skilled labor teaches something not to be found in books or in colleges.

— Laura Towne

The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and elevated opinions.

— Christopher Henry Dawson

Writing is like baking cupcakes, you’re trying to make something from the raw. Like with cupcakes it’s flour and eggs and stuff, and with books it’s ideas and words. The end result is the same though, you want people to eat them up.

— Emma Shortt

He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are.

— Charles Caleb Colton

I am a passionate reader.New interested books keep adding on my reading list. My wildest dream is to complete reading all the books.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

If you look on Amazon – if you do a search for personal finance, there are literally 20, 000 books written on personal finance, and there’s no real reason for it. I mean, personal finance is pretty simple.

— Aaron Patzer

Below Les Avants there was a chalet where the pension was wonderful and we would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Maelyn smiled. If books could have litters, she’d be just as happy.

— Anita Valle, Maelyn

Current “literature” [is] well-written books in which disgusting people do disgusting things to other disgusting people for no apparent reason and with no apparent resolution.

— Roberta Gellis

What if this is a horrible mistake?” I croaked. “Oh, it’ll be horrible fine, just a bunch of pretentious rich people with shelves of expensive books they’ve never read.

— Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

You must go to the school or to the books or on the field because knowledge doesn’t come to you, you must go to the knowledge.

— Amit Kalantri

I used to think there was a secret when it came to success, until I read a shit load of books and posts and realized the secret is the millionaires are getting rich off idiots like me who believe there truly is a secret.

— James Jean-Pierre

When I get a little money I buy books and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

— Desiderius Erasmus

The books you have read and the knowledge and inspiration you have gained can never be taken away from you.

— Paula Gruben

From the computer screen you learn and have fun with games, but in a world to show you truly are you have to show your potents. The rustling books of pages to be read is a fabulous thing but if you don’t like books it becomes truely horrible.

— caterina jester

He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.

— Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems

Some books sold because they are (said to be) great. Some are (said to be) great because they sold.

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Sit in a room and read–and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women.

— Malala Yousafzai

So here I am with this double life, one where my grammatically incorrect writing is a nice success with tens of thousands of readers, and another one where my carefully written books are read by a dozen people.

— Christian A. Dumais

Part broken – part whole, you begin again. ( from ‘Why books seem shockproof against change.’ THE TIMES: BOOKS)

— Jeanette Winterson

In a second-hand bookshop head to the back, find the old books with dust undisturbed and worn off covers for these clothe true treasures.

— Rachel Hall

Quran‬, ‪Bible‬, ‪BhagwadGita‬ are your (as an follower’s) way of life and not every-ones way of life, so don’t force people to change. These Holy books teach you to change yourself (for good) and not others.

— honeya

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.

— Morihei Ueshiba

This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world.

— Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

…reading good books is like engaging in conversation with the most cultivated minds of past centuries who had composed them, or rather, taking part in a well-conducted dialogue in which such minds reveal to us only the best of their thoughts

— René Descartes, Discourse on Method

I will come, ‘ the priest answered, ‘for I have read in old books of these strange beings which are neither quick nor dead, and which lie ever fresh in their graves, stealing out in the dusk to taste life and blood.

— Francis Marion Crawford, For the Blood is the Life and Other Stories

I like how books let you into another world, but how it’s secret. Like, when you read, the world you see is different from the one someone else sees when they read the same words. It’s just yours.

— Clare Fisher

I’ve developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from, except, of course, that some very tedious gentlemen have written books.

— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

I dream that one day I would be a published writer and people would read my books – if not, I would be living in the mountains in a small hut, near a pond where swans swim, writing a diary for myself.

— Srinidhi.R

I don’t think with any book you get used to people falling in love with the story. It’s been incredible just to realize your books are being read. It’s a pretty amazing feeling.

— Jennifer Armentrout

But one learns from books and reels only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.

— Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Today, it’s possible to read both erotica and books written for children without fear of social castigation.

— Amelia Gray

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to.

— Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy

I don’t like books that seem to want to teach me things. Which is not to say that one doesn’t learn from books – but you do your own learning in your own way.

— Salman Rushdie

I am always trying to evolve, so I like to read parenting books and things like that.

— Kourtney Kardashian

A man who looks like Frodo just spent $150 on erotica books and asked for my phone number. I considered giving him yours just to spite you.

— Syrie James, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please these men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Vengeful conquerors burn books as if the enemy’s souls reside there, too.

— James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

distringit librorum multitudo (the abundance of books is distraction)

— Seneca

What books can you read to learn about this part of your life? What people do you need to confide in to grow deeper? What things do you need to stop doing in order to grow? What things do you need to start doing?

— Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

Yoga and books are the only way out.

— Pavani

Early to bed and early to rise may make a person ‘healthy’ but it may not make him ‘wealthy’ and ‘wise’! If anyone really wants to be wealthy and wise, he must read books and work intelligently!

— Md. Ziaul Haque

Readers are the glue that binds the books together.

— J.E.B. Spredemann

It’s not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching — it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.

— Robin S. Sharma

If books are not good company, where shall I find it?

— Mark Twain

I wanted to read immediately. The only fear was that of books coming to an end.

— Eudora Welty

I have always been drawn to coming-of-age stories and books and movies featuring compelling young characters.

— Emily Giffin

Break the spine of one of my books and I break yours.

— Mia James, By Midnight

For a writer it’s a genuinely interesting and hopefully profitable era that makes a variety of books available to a variety of readers, extending both what’s available and who gets to read it.

— Sara Sheridan

My idea of a fun night was diving into a massive pile of To Be Read pile of books stacked near my dresser… I was the girl who loved everything geeky.

— Jeff Sampson, Vesper

I like books whose virtue is all drawn together in a page or two. I like sentences that don’t budge though armies cross them.

— Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.

— Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Max had once read in one of his father’s books that some childhood images become engraved in the mind like photographs, like scenes you can return to again and again and will always remember, no matter how much time goes by.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prince of Mist

The true felicity of a lover of books is the luxurious turning of page by page, the surrender, not meanly abject, but deliberate and cautious, with your wits about you, as you deliver yourself into the keeping of the book. This I call reading.

— Edith Wharton

That was always my fear, that perhaps books would lead me astray, teaching me about a life that didn’t match reality.

— Stefanos Livos, A Life In A Moment

As always, one of her books was next to her.

— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Holy books are an insult to a God with good intentions.

— Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

I don’t care about wearing branded clothes or flaunting brands. But I do care about the books that I read and the music that I listen to.

— Avijeet Das

Who I am, what I am, is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, a lifetime of stories. And there are still so many more books to read. I’m a work in progress.

— Sarah Addison Allen

So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

— Roald Dahl, Matilda

I believe the writer… should always be the final judge. I have always held to that position and have sometimes seen books hurt thereby but at least as often helped. The book belongs to the author.

— Maxwell Perkins

Events in life mean nothing if you do not reflect on them in a deep way, and ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it.

— Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War

I love the echoes of a home filled to the rim with poetry, books and art.

— Melody Lee, Moon Gypsy

This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die.

— Megan Crewe, The Way We Fall

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.

— H.P. Lovecraft

Real lives have no end. Real books have no end.

— Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio, The Book of Flights

Only Certain offered no enticements, for she knew nothing could ease the pain. Not books or photography or food. Not even love.

— Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is

Regret piles up around us like books we have never read.

— Jack Ryan

Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.

— Peter S. Jennison

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.

— Christopher Morley

She’s always loved writers, even more than the books I think. They’re like personal friends to her.

— Josephine Hart, The truth about love

We are not reading books merely to check off a list or to be able to say we have read them. We are reading to grow as persons, to know more that we may understand more, and ultimately, it is to be hoped, to act according to our greater wisdom.

— Karen Glass

Weren’t all books ultimately related? After all, the same letters filled them, just arranged in a different order. Which meant that, in a certain way, every book was contained in every other!

— Cornelia Funke, Inkdeath

Are they not criminals, books that have wasted our time and sympathy; are they not the most insidious enemies of society, corrupters, defilers, the writers of false books, faked books, books that fill the air with decay and disease?

— Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read a Book?

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Don’t die with the music on your tongue unsung!Don’t die with the apps in your mind undesigned!Don’t die with the books in your head unpublished!Don’t die with the sermons in your heart unpreached!Live well and die well!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Michelangelo | Beethoven | Shakespeare: 15 Things Common to Great Achievers

I do not want to just read books I want to crawl inside them and live there.

— Anonymous

Some books are undeservedly forgotten none are undeservedly remembered.

— W. H. Auden

I still get up every morning at 4 A.M. I write seven days a week, including Christmas. And I still face a blank page every morning, and my characters don’t really care how many books I’ve sold.

— Dan Brown

We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.

— Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

He pointed the scepter around the library and had an instant input of all of the books that were there into his brain, as if he had read them all at once.

— Kaza Kingsley, The Secret of Ashona

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.

— Mary Ellen Chase

One thing I will surely miss is that I couldn’t read all the good books in this lifetime.

— Amit Kalantri

The problem with books is that they end.

— Caroline Kepnes, You

The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

— Pablo Neruda

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Some books must be sipped slowly like a strong bourbon. Most books must be devoured more than once because as you age you distill more.

— Brandi L. Bates

And books that were published in much larger numbers than Selfish, Little are hard to find. And publishers who wanted to publish my last few works have them stuck in limbo while new distribution ideas and legal issues and fears are blown away.

— Peter Sotos

Don’t patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he’s stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

— Henry David Thoreau

It was, in many ways, her dream bookshop. Not least because all the books had already been read.Books that had already been read were the best.

— Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The fictive structure, my work, my imagination, my books are about the details, the huge construction about culture, Islamic culture or modern Turkey. They’re all intertwined.

— Orhan Pamuk

The presence of hundreds of books had finally convinced Hermione that what they were doing was right.

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I love digging myself into books because the moment I’m drifted from reality, I’m in a different world and I’m a different person.

— Nathalie M. Llanto

Library books were, I suddenly realized, promiscuous, ready to lie down in the arms of anyone who asked. Not like bookstore books, which married their purchasers, or were brokered for marriages to others.

— Elizabeth McCracken, The Giant’s House

Darling, in this family we don’t call anyone a novelist who has not written more books than Jane Austen.

— Pansy Schneider-Horst

The world of books is a heavenly paradise.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

You can’t do magic with books unless they’re very special copies.

— Jo Walton, Among Others

It was true; books had saved me in my home remodeling projects, but they fell short in teaching me how to trust my instincts, and how to stop thinking with my educated brain and more with my kneecaps and butt cheeks.

— Dee Williams

Fifty years from now if an understanding of man’s origins, his evolution, his history, his progress is not in the common place of the school books we shall not exist.

— Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

All books are judged by their covers until they are read.

— Maryrose Wood, The Mysterious Howling

I knew books could see people around them, they ground their tiny teeth, tried to rattle like windows, stories to tell.

— Steve Aylett, Shamanspace

You may not be able to change the course of government, but you can achieve some peace. And books were the path to that. I grew up in a house where books were everywhere.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

They too, knew this beautiful and harrowing landscape; they’d had the same experience of looking up from their books with fifth-century eyes and finding the world disconcertingly sluggish and alien, as if it were not their home.

— Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Flowers don’t tell, they show. That’s the way good books should be too.”–Stephanie Skeem. Author of Flotsam

— Stephanie Skeem

Good books often answer questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask

— Will Schwalbe, Books for Living

A house filled with books is source of knowledge.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

And please, stay away from those books you devour. They are putting the most fantastical tales into your head.

— Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

To live in books is cowardly—but people are not worth investigation.

— Lily Koppel, The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

If I don’t tell it all now, the story in the history books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.

— Christine Keeler

The fort.Where the pair stored their painted scenes and books of made-up languages, their two-man band, and the tiny matchbox bed plus accessories that they made in case, someday, their experiments in the world of shrinking finally panned out.

— Michelle Cuevas, Beyond the Laughing Sky

If books had not bound together the experiences of former generations, the shackles of later generations in their forgetfulness would not have been loosed.

— Mahbud

One of the most egregiously stupid books I’ve ever come across. I would recommend reading this only because it’s the epitome of all that is moronic, superficial, contrived, hollow, false and utterly laughable in publishing today.

— Kris Saknussemm

The best books — like the best music or television or movies or comics or video games — can challenge us and force us to think or perceive aspects of life that we may prefer to avoid. In a sense, they threaten us.

— Geoffrey Reiter

Even the most beautifully written, perfectly edited and well-designed books will fail if people aren’t made aware of them!” ––Linda Radke, President of Five Star Publications, on the importance of public relations and marketing.

— Linda F. Radke, The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing: How to Produce and Market Your Book on a Budget

How above-the-law children’s books are. Hansel and Gretel (littering, breaking and entering), Rumpelstiltskin (forced labor), Snow White (conspiracy to commit murder), Rapunzel (break of contract).

— Sloane Crosley, I Was Told There’d Be Cake

These were the tales that echoed in the head long after the books that contained them were cast aside.

— John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

[When] he’s here, he’s always reading. He says books stop time. I myself think he’s crazy…Don’t tell anyone, but when he reads something that he likes he gets real happy, turns on the music, and dances by himself, or with a broom sometimes.

— Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

Joss’s ears perked up. He loved libraries. Nowhere else in the world felt so safe and homey. Nowhere else smelled like books and dust and happy solitude quite like a library did.

— Heather Brewer, First Kill

How do you get free of the damnable books of Romance when everybody else is still living in them?

— Robert Anton Wilson, The Earth Will Shake: The History of the Early Illuminati

…there are so many books left to read. For that reason alone it is worth going on living. Books make me happy, the help me escape from reality.

— Félix J. Palma, The Map of the Sky

This is because white people need to show off the books that they have read. Just as hunters will mount the heads of their kills, white people need to let people know that they have made their way through hundreds or even thousands of books.

— Christian Lander, Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

One should write only those books from whose absence one suffers. In short: the ones you want on your own desk.

— Marina Tsvetaeva, Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917–1922

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

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Replace your old books with the books you’ve always wanted to write.

— Rob Bignell, Editor, Writing Affirmations: A Collection of Positive Messages to Inspire Writers

Confronted with the choice between having time and having things, we’ve chosen to have things. Today it is a luxury to read what Socrates said, not because the books are expensive, but because our time is scarce.

— Gabriel Zaid, So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance

When people read his books they have an uncontrollable desire to hang the author in the town square. I can’t think of a higher honor for a writer.

— Roberto Bolaño

Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.

— Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights

A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.

— Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World

I love to have more books since it keeps me busy reading.

— Willy BUN

One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.

— Chanakya

My plan is to continue teaching many more years than the 32 years I’ve already enjoyed and continue writing, and promoting my books and websites if it’s God will.

— Ana Monnar

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.

— E.M. Forster

She was too tired to feel anything more, she wanted a book to do to her what books did: take away the world, slide it aside for a little bit, and let her please, please just be somewhere and somebody else

— Lev Grossman, The Magician’s Land

You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.

— Maurice Sendak

Let’s read as if books were to disappear tomorrow!

— Gabrielle Dubois

Like Desserts, books come in all kinds of tasty treats!

— Carmela Dutra

I have found so many angels trapped inside undisputed jargon that I find myself digging at the words, in order to release them, from the books that unfairly captured their soul.

— Shannon L. Alder

Cooking, decorating, diet/self-help and gardening books are guilty pleasures and useful time fillers.

— Hillary Clinton

There wasn’t a place I could think of that was more magical than a building bursting with books and stories and words…

— Lindsay Eland, A Summer of Sundays

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

— Carl Jung

He’ll be down with the books. My old septon used to say books are dead men talking. Dead men should keep quiet is what I say. No one wants to hear a dead man’s yabber.

— George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

The world of books captured my heart.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.

— Louisa May Alcott

How could I, who loved life so intensely, have let myself be entangled for so long in that balderdash of books and paper blackened with ink!

— Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

I have always kept a stack of library books next to my bed as a lifeline. If I ever woke in the middle of the night too scared to move or too sad to roll over, the books were my saviors.

— Julie Halpern, The F- It List

I have a couple of dozen books on my reader: ideal for a long trip or an afternoon waiting at the medical clinic. It’s flexible.

— Barbara Hambly

If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books. The book needs you.

— Gary Paulsen, The Winter Room

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

— Stephen King

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.

— Ernest Hemingway

All of my books are acts of subversion disguised as historical fiction.

— Kelly Gardiner

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

— Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.

— Francoise Sagan

People who know and love the same books you do have the roadmap of your soul. I believe that.

— Cassandra Clare

Of all things, I liked books best.

— Nikola Tesla

The idea of a library full of books, the books full of knowledge, fills me with fear and love and courage and endless wonder.

— Elizabeth McCracken

Remember iron sharpens iron. People inspire people, therefore, always ensure that you read books that can easily guide you to discover strategies of making a good name.

— Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

There is no question that creative intelligence comes not through learning things you find in books or histories that have already been written, but by focusing on and giving value to experience as it happens.

— Antony Gormley

Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.

— John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

The Written Word is a Fairy, as mocking and elusive as Willy Wisp, speaking lying words to us in a feigned voice. So let all readers of books take warning!

— Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

Sleeping with books is a vicious affair, I do not believe it will ever stop.

— R. Y.S. Perez, I Hope You Fall in Love: Poetry Collection

The books we read in childhood don’t exist anymore; they sailed off with the wind, leaving bare skeletons behind. Whoever still has in him the memory and marrow of childhood should rewrite these books as he experienced them.

— Bruno Schulz

We biblioholics have different priorities. We’ve got all our clothes in our suitcase in two minutes flat, and then we spend three hours and fifty-eight minutes deciding which books to bring.

— Tom Raabe, Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction

Who wants a library full of books you’ve already read?

— Harlan Ellison, Angry Candy

These sciences are camel stallions — use books to line them up these couplets are runaways — use books for them as halters.

— Unknown

Art, he said, was a controlled madness…He said that books weren’t made of themes, which you could write essays about, but of images that inserted themselves into your brain and replaced what you were seeing with your eyes.

— Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

Like people would ever want to read books on an electronic screen.

— Jack Kilborn, Serial Uncut: Extended Edition

Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.

— Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Some books mirror reality while others are entirely fantasy. My favorite are those that manage to weave both into a world.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

Of all the unexpected things in contemporary literature, this is among the oddest: that kids have an inordinate appetite for very long, very tricky, very strange books about places that don’t exist.

— Adam Gopnik

St Thomas (Aqinas) loved books and lived on books… When asked for what he thanked God most, he answered simply, ‘I have understood every page I ever read’.

— G.K. Chesterton, Saint Thomas Aquinas

I believe there is a hero in each of us. The best books are the ones that remind us of who we already are and empower us to embrace our own story.

— Marilynn Halas

He began reading her eyes more deeply and passionately than the books in the library.

— Avijeet Das

My wife has a good sense of humor, and instead of calling me psychic with my novels, she simply refers to me as being ‘psycho.’ That’s because multiple things in my books have come true.

— Brad Thor

The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

The crime series, books and other types of works have in one in mind… and that’s learning.

— Deyth Banger

There are many more books to read, when will I finish reading?

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

My grandfather says that’s what books are for, ” Ashoke said, using the opportunity to open the volume in his hands. “To travel without moving an inch.

— Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

…when I look at and study the ranks of my books – for I have put the name of each author on the binding – I feel as if I am looking at the holy graves of those who wrote them.

— Pietro Candido Decembrio

This is what books should do: Carry a person and not be carried by him; take the day off his back, not add its own ounces of paper to his vertebrae.

— Erri De Luca, Tre cavalli

Set off on a quest to find someone who has read a book or many books and remains the same, and I can tell you with all certainty there is no one you will see.

— K.C. OBI

Loads of children read books about dinosaurs, underwater monsters, dragons, witches, aliens, and robots. Essentially, the people who read SF, fantasy and horror haven’t grown out of enjoying the strange and weird.

— China Miéville

It’s a symbiotic process, writing. What I am makes the books—not part of me, all of me—and then the books themselves inform the sense of what I am. So the more I can be, the better the books will be.

— Jeanette Winterson

Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again.

— Louisa May Alcott

It’s much more entertaining to live books than to write them.

— Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs

Dill was off again. Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head. He could read two books to my one, but he preferred the magic of his own inventions.

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

You can never have too many books or too many hugs.

— Gina House

I tell you this because books for young readers are so often written about that very moment: the moment of the fork. The moment the old man cannot return to.

— Virginia Euwer Wolff

What I know and I have learn is my books I can’t tell you, but search out there and you will find. As a second think as you was here, you will be here and you are going to be here!

— Deyth Banger

The Word is alive. We have always known it. But it needs to be uttered, aloud or in the mind of a reader. Without a consciousness to tickle them into life, those books were dead.

— Marcel Theroux, Strange Bodies

Reincarnation is when I tell a girl I write spiritual books and she thinks I’m a monk. She has a medieval soul.

— Daniel Marques

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature.

— Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

I dont write books so that you can be fascinated with me. I write them so you can be fascinated with YOU!

— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.

— C.S. Lewis

Things to know from books to read

— Kip Koehler

Well… Actually, just read any books you find interesting will do. Even books that seem boring aren’t actually that dull. It’s just that the reader couldn’t find the interesting parts.

— Yukiya Murasaki, Haken no Kouki Altina 6 [覇剣の皇姫アルティーナ 6 ]

You can never learn Sales by reading books and watching videos, you can only get motivated by that.. To learn Sales (telesales) dial 300+ calls daily and (direct field sales) meet at-least 5 clients daily…Only customers can teach u sales!

— honeya

My favorite books are the ones that make me smile for hours after reading them. I want that for my readers, for the sweetness to linger. Sort of like chocolate, but without the calories.

— Sarah Addison Allen

Katey’s the hottest bookworm you’ll ever meet. If you took all the books that she’s read and piled them in a stack, you could climb to the Milky Way.

— Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

I’d volunteer to go to prison, as long as there are books. Because with books I am free.

— Mohammad Hatta

Television and cinema were all very well, but these stories happened to other people. The stories I found in books happened inside my head. I was, in some way, there.It’s the magic of fiction: you take the words and you build them into worlds.

— Neil Gaiman, Stories: All-New Tales

The Bible informs, reforms and transforms. Other books merely informs

— Ikechukwu Joseph, Discovering Yourself

But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

A good vocabulary is not acquired by reading books written according to some notion of the vocabulary of one’s age group. It comes from reading books above one.

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.

— H. P. Lovecraft

If books were girls and reading was s-ss-ssss-fucking, this would be the biggest whorehouse in the county and I’d be the most ruthless pimp you ever met. Whap the girls on the butts and send them off to their tricks as fast and often as I can.

— Joe Hill, NOS4A2

If you love books enough, books will love you back.

— Jo Walton, Among Others

Sometimes what a person expresses in their eyes is more than all the books you could read on suffering.

— Shannon L. Alder

That means 19 or 20 of the books of the NT (New Testament) are anonymous. Many are blatantly pseudepigraphic (forgeries, see next section), with famous names applied to artificially promote veracity.

— Thomas Daniel Nehrer, The Illusion of “Truth”: The Real Jesus Behind the Grand Myth

Researching books gets you into nothing but trouble.

— Sara Sheridan

Roger Bacon held that three classes of substance were capable of magic: the herbal, the mineral, and the verbal. With their leaves of fiber, their inks of copperas and soot, and their words, books are an amalgam of the three.

— Matthew Battles, Library: An Unquiet History

Computers don’t kill books people do.

— Douglas Rushkoff

To be honest, and this is terrible to admit, I hardly read any teen mystery books at all.

— John Allison

I was a very sickly kid. While I was in the hospital at age 7, my Dad brought me a stack of comic books to keep me occupied. I was hooked.

— Len Wein

I’ve always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden’s animations.

— Stephen Fry

Old books exert a strange fascination for me — their smell, their feel, their history; wondering who might have owned them, how they lived, what they felt.

— Lauren Willig

Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous – they contain ideas.

— Pete Hautman

I love that books allow us to experience other lives without us ever having to change where we live or who we are.

— Cat Winters, The Cure for Dreaming

Instead of putting flowers in books to flatten them you can use a brick.

— Nicole McKay, A bit of rubbish about a Brick and a Blanket

I wish I could think about nothing, but the books all the time. I have never had an alcoholic rampage because of thinking about books too much…

— Robert Gacho

Where books had been a comfort before, they became a necessity, old books best of all: thick heavy tomes with stories that spread and twisted through other worlds, where he could walk like a ghost in the footsteps of other lives.

— Alexia Casale, House of Windows

It is my belief that with two such men in the household and no way to meet others, Emily (Bronte)had to make Heathcliff up out of thin air! And what a fine job she did. Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life.

— Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

We want books that are written for those of us who doubt everything, who cry over the least little thing, who are startled by the slightest noise.

— Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.

— Alan Kay

The world of books is the wealth of being.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.

— Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

I love to buying books to create my sacred library.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.

— Martin Luther

In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

…there are books…which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

In a fit at the bookstore one day, I bought all my favourite composers’ biographies: Schubert, Massenet, Wolf. I’ve still not had a chance to read them; it breaks my heart. But when you travel so much, you just can’t take that many books with you.

— Danielle de Niese

No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you’re gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can’t do parenting right.

— Alan Arkin

Just think how many books I could’ve sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand.” -[On the success of 50 Shades of Grey]

— J.K. Rowling

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.Eagerly I wished the morrow; — vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow — sorrow for the lost Lenore.

— Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems

She’d always been a little excitable, a little more passionate about books than your average person, but she was supposed to be — she was a librarian, after all.

— Sarah Beth Durst

When I was a child, I read books. My reading was not indiscriminate. I preferred books that were old and thick and hard. I made vocabulary lists.

— Marilynne Robinson

The best life for a writer is the life which helps him write the best books he can.

— Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

…to her all books were the same and, as with her subjects, she felt a duty to approach them without prejudice…Lauren Bacall, Winifred Holtby, Sylvia Plath – who were they? Only be reading could she find out.

— Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.

— Stephen Chbosky

From history books you should at best believe just the punctuation. The rest is uncertain, incomplete, distorted, exaggerated or even fabricated.

— A.J. Beirens, Gesels van een imaginaire god

I’m done. I’m going to go to bed and read important books about theater.””It would would be easier if you just said porn, ” Scarlett said.”No idea what you’re talking about. But knock first if you need me.

— Maureen Johnson, Suite Scarlett

Good characters make you feel like you have new friends, don’t they? You have to re-read the books just to visit with them again. Grace Awakening. Book one: Awakening Dreams

— Shawn L. Bird, Awakening Dreams

The thing about books was, the more you read and liked them, the more you wanted to have on hand to read. Before you knew it you needed more bookshelves, and then all of the sudden they filled your house.

— Sui Ishida

I believe that we should only read those books that bite and sting us. If a book does not rouse us with a blow then why read it?

— Franz Kafka

I was quite depressed two weeks ago when I spent an afternoon at Brentano’s Bookshop in New York and was looking at the kind of books most people read. Once you see that you lose all hope.

— Friedrich A. Hayek

Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that they cause is truly absolute and infinite.

— Novalis, Novalis: Philosophical Writings

Every day, I read books on philosophy and science fiction and human consciousness.

— Tom DeLonge

The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.

— Judy Blume

The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.

— Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

People wandered in for books and conversation. They brought their stories to her, some bound, and some known by heart. She recognized some of the stories as real, and some as fiction. But she honored them all, though she didn’t buy every one.

— Louise Penny, The Brutal Telling

I like to give people novels I think they would like, on no particular occasion – just when we’re in a bookstore together. I like to receive reference books on my birthday.

— Daniel Handler

So the probability I’m not there…, but you want I to be there opps so sorry I can’t be but you can make a discussion with my books and if you want more just P.M. – That’s how it works and It will work.

— Deyth Banger

Great books make a great life.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

There’s a hunger for stories in all of us, adults too. We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won’t supply them.

— Philip Pullman

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We told each other what movies we were currently watching and what books we were reading.

— Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Only five books tonight, Mommy, ” she says.No, Olivia, just one.”How about four?”Two.”Three.”Oh, all right, three. But that’s it!

— Ian Falconer, Olivia

You start wondering if you deserved those high reviews on your books or if people just pitied you and went “Poor sod. Here’s a five star review so you don’t hang yourself in the garage.

— Ash Gray

Some books you read and savor. Some, you carry close to your heart.

— S.R. McKade

I’ve decided I don’t like books that end with ‘The End’. The fact that there are no more pages, suggests to me that the book has ended.

— Wayne Gerard Trotman

Our lives say much more about how we think than our books do. The theories we preach are not always the ones we actually believe. The theories we live are the ones we really believe.

— R.C. Sproul, Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society

The history books which contain no lies are extremely tedious

— Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

An active mind didn’t need distractions in its physical environment. It needed a collection of outstanding books and a good lamp. Maybe some cheese and crackers.

— J.R. Ward, Lover Unbound

I love books where I can’t wait to turn every page, songs that grab me the first time I hear them, and films that make me totally forget about the craft because I am totally engaged in the story.

— John Grooters

Don’t give me books for Christmas I already have a book.

— Jean Harlow

The best translations cannot convey to us the strength and exquisite delicacy of thought in its native garb, and he to whom such books are shut flounders about in outer darkness.

— Edwin Booth

I surround myself with books when I write, thus surrounding myself with writers… only they don’t critique me and then get up for coffee.

— Ryan Lilly, Write like no one is reading

She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

— Anne Dillard

One day, she ventured to the palace library and was delighted to find what good company books could be.

— E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a metaphor, not just for books but for ideas, for language, for knowledge, for beauty, for all the things that make us human, for collecting memory.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

What people tell me they take away from my books is that they can shape their lives, they can achieve their own dreams. And certainly that’s what I want them to take away.

— Tamora Pierce

Every time I went to the library, it felt like a treasure hunt: somewhere amid those dusty books was the answer, and all I had to do was find it.

— Jean M. Twenge, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before

I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things.

— Bindi Irwin

I think I’m going through a bit of ADD. I’m reading 3 books simultaneously and it’s something that I don’t recommend. It’s like watching TV with two others who keep changing the channels…

— S.J. Romero

I’ve never understood the desire for books with matched bindings. You don’t go through life looking for sets of matched people, and books are just as individual.

— Susan Lendroth

If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3, 900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.

— Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

I am happy to have all the books I need to read.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

As an author, I want to write what I’m inspired to write. Not what my readers want me to write. I feel like the books will ultimately be better if my heart is fully into what I’m writing.

— Colleen Hoover

Life with books makes my world complete.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.

— Michel de Montaigne

She would sit with picture books in her little lap before she even knew how to read, studying the writing as though all the mystery and wonder of the world were contained in the strange, indecipherable symbols.

— Molly Ringwald, When it Happens to You

It’s inhuman to take your books away before you know the end.

— Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Wilder

People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.

— Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

Long ago, I stopped buying- let alone reading, books that talk about organizational success but fail to emphasize the importance of TRUST

— Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership

If only education will aim at teaching learners’ real life and life in books and not just books, learners will learn and understand real life and not just books, and they will dare to face life with real life lessons and lessons from books!

— Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

One of the things I love about labeling myself as an author is that I can read books and call it “researching writing styles.”–Mike Mankoff

— Mike Mankoff

When I’m not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I’m not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I’m reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.

— Lynn Abbey

They were perfectly suited. They would speak of books the livelong day and night and bore everyone else but themselves to distraction.

— Loretta Chase, Viscount Vagabond

The most important thing about reading is not the level of sophistication of the books on your self. There is no prerequisite reading regimen for being a bookworm.

— Lauren Leto

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. (1952)

— Mary Ellen Chase

Because to the poor, books are not diversions. Book are siege weapons.

— Joe Queenan, One for the Books

Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark out places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of words. A girl with a story to tell.

— Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.

— Anatole France

My books are shelved in different places, depending on the bookstore. Sometimes they can be found in the Mystery section, sometimes in the Humor department, and occasionally even in the Literature aisle, which is somewhat astounding.

— Carl Hiaasen

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency — the belief that the here and now is all there is.

— Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.

— Seneca

I can hazily remember, long ago, having adults — librarians, friends’ parents — suggest to me that I liked books “with magic” because I wanted to escape from a reality that, by implication, I lacked the gumption to face.

— Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

Always buy pornographic books in hardback because they’re easier to hold with one hand.

— Robert Clark

We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they’re badly read, too.

— Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

I don’t trust people without books or questions.

— Darnell Lamont Walker

Once he heard that books are always better than movies, but he now knew that movies are better than the real life.

— Davor Banović, Girl with Broken Umbrella

I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Maurice Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books – the words, the rhythm, the psychology, the design.

— Anthony Browne

I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the

— Gail Carriger

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

— John Milton

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.

— Voltaire

Get someone-anyone-to read books to you. Having books read to you at any age is the supremo ultimato of living.

— Carew Papritz, The Legacy Letters: his Wife, his Children, his Final Gift

Knowledge, you may get from books but wisdom is trapped within you, release it.

— Ismat Ahmed Shaikh

He found himself in a room not unlike the shop. All books again, packed tight on shelves or laying in piles on every surface. It was a cozy room, for all that ; it smelled of warm, rich words and very deep thoughts.

— Jenny Nimmo, Midnight for Charlie Bone

When you speak, your words echo across the room. When you write, your words echo across the ages” Bud GardnerThis is what my books do about stories of the Past, Present and Futur. Enjoy!Visit my page on Amazon.com

— Claire Hamelin Manning

He couldn’t seem to get his teeth into anything. Except books. The things in books was darn near more real to him than the things breathing and eating.

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

because we all know that the books we’ve loved best are seldom the ones we esteem the most highly

— Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the

— J.D. Salinger

Americans like fat books and thin women.

— Russell Baker

My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history.

— Ellen Tauscher

Oh, oh, oh I can’t do that and that… Okay I will do that, … I gonna read this book, I will check out this film and in the end few of them have read the book or the books and the film or the films.

— Deyth Banger

I love to read books that focus on parenting topics because there are so many different ways to do things. I find these books offer a lot of great opinions on many different subjects.

— Kourtney Kardashian

You’re wrong about one thing: fairy-tales do exist. Millions of existing parents read existing fairy-tales every night from existing books to kids who, funnily enough…’‘… exist, yeah, I know. I mean it’s fantasy, not reality.

— Jonathan Dunne

Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.

— Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

She looked at her shelves, filled with books in which the bad stuff that happened to people was caused by things like witches who lured people into the woods. In a weird way, the world seemed to make more sense that way.

— Anne Ursu, Breadcrumbs

Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.

— Günter Grass, The Tin Drum

Stories never really end…even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.

— Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

(about organizing books in his home library, and putting a book in the “Arts and Lit non-fiction section)I personally find that for domestic purposes, the Trivial Pursuit system works better than Dewey.

— Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

To limit the press is to insult a nation to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain.

— Claude Adrien Helvétius, Treatise on Man: His Intellectual Faculties and His Education V1

The books I read when I was twenty completely changed when I read them when I was sixty.

— Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

Robin McKinley’s ‘The Blue Sword’ was a defining book of my teen years, and I’d love to have more books like that in the world.

— Carrie Vaughn

What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.

— Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer

There are as many different kinds of books as there are writers – as many different responses as there are readers.

— Sara Sheridan

To see this place would truly be worth a trip to India in itself, and from the spirit of the religion that lived here one can learn more in an hour of viewing than from all the books ever written.

— Rudolf Otto

I wish I could find MY books listed on GOODREADS – DODGING JOE, THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN’T EXPLAIN, THE BITTER GRAPES – ll available through Amazon and Createspace –

— Saaskia Aark-Bennett

All right, ” she said. “Give me the books that are kind to me, and to hell with the men who don’t give a damn about me.

— Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop

CUSTOMER (to her friend): What’s this literary criticism section? Is it for books that complain about other books?

— Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

My parents were willing to let me follow my nose, do what I wanted to do, and they supported my interest by buying the books that I wanted for birthdays and Christmas, almost always poetry books.

— Donald Hall

Once he’d asked, “Don’t you want to read? There are hundreds of books in the sitting room.”She had laughed and said, “I’ve read them all. I want to remember them the way they were. If I read them now, the endings will have changed.

— Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

Everyone writes the book he or she loves to read. Great authors write the books others love to read.

— Chuck Miceli

It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.

— Jane Hamilton

The core – and perhaps unexpected – thing that books do for us is simplify. It sounds odd, because we think of literature as sophisticated. But there are powerful ways in which books organise, and clarify our concerns – and in this sense simplify.

— Alain de Botton

To limit the press is to insult a nation to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

— Claude Adrien Helvetius

I remember when I was in school I had this teacher give me this E.L. Doctorow quote: They asked him how much historical research he does for his books and he said, ‘As little as possible.’ So I try and adhere to that.

— Scott Snyder

If only they would all just leave me alone with my books and my letters, I would be content to let life, and the world pass me by

— Alison Weir, Innocent Traitor

The study of maps and the perusal of travel books aroused in me a secret fascination that was at times almost irresistible.

— Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Oh let me live my own! and die so too! (“To live and die is all I have to do:”) Maintain a poet’s dignity and ease, And see what friends, and read what books I please.

— Alexander Pope, An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot.

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a vast fertility of pleasure books hold for me! I went in and found the table laden with books. I looked in and sniffed them all. I could not resist carrying this one off and broaching it. I think I could happily live here and read forever.

— Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary

The more I know about God, I am convinced He likes to read books and authors are His librarians. Every soul is a story waiting to be read.

— Shannon L. Alder

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place

— Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

I see, these books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance.

— Franz Kafka, The Trial

My next option is to only write a list of the books I like, but then again, I don’t read a book I don’t like so it doesn’t solve any of my problems.

— Genesis Quihuis

I suppose what one wants really is ideal company and books are ideal company.

— Anita Brookner

In the timeless and universal manner of authors conversing in public places, he did not fail to mention its title, “Volume III of Principia Mathematica entitled, The System of the World, available shortly, where books are sold.

— Neal Stephenson

When I have money, I invest in buying books. My personal development by reading these books is my greatest pleasure.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Shelving books incorrectly is as good as stealing them. It’s almost worse.

— Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird

Men, I thought, were more trouble than they were worth. Really, one should stick to books where one sees the hero coming a mile off.

— Eva Rice, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Children read their favorite books to death, she said. They are careless in their devotions. They rip the pages, scribble, and spill things on them. And they are demon book thieves.

— Jean Nathan, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright

You will not publish 100% of the books you don’t write.

— M. Kirin

May I have a few friends and many books – both true.

— Arthur Ernest Cowley

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.

— Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Marco could not have known about the mystical effect of a full moon on cats and books left on their own in the library. Not until he saw the lines breathe, the words unveiled.

— Rahma Krambo, Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria

I think the reason I’m a writer is because first, I was a reader. I loved to read. I read a lot of adventure stories and mystery books, and I have wonderful memories of my mom reading picture books aloud to me. I learned that words are powerful.

— Andrew Clements

People forget your face after a book tour or an infrequent appearance on Letterman, but put your face on your books and you’re handing them your life. They presume to know what you think or who you are.

— Katherine Reay, Dear Mr. Knightley

Lending books to other people is merely a shrewd form of housecleaning.

— Joe Queenan, One for the Books

Every well-written book is a light for me. When you write, you use other writers and their books as guides in the wilderness.

— Kate DiCamillo

For me, books have always been the greatest gifts. I love to give and receive them because I know they are a reflection of the giver.

— Colleen Mariotti, Livology: A Global Guide to a Deliberate Life

Ms Rainn, when was the last time you visited a library for the books and not the free Internet it offers?

— S.A. Tawks, The Spirit of Imagination

Our books are the deepest glimpses into our souls, the most raw and real anybody will ever find us.

— Melodie Ramone

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”-Walt Disney

— Lynn Holland

Facts in books statistics in encyclopedias the ability to use them in men’s heads.

— Fogg Brackell

I think children love reading, and they will make time for it if we put the right books into their hands. And I hope I get the chance to keep being one of the people that writes them.

— Rick Riordan

When the whole world reads your books, is there any other happiness for a writer? I am happy that my books are read in 57 languages. But I am focused on Istanbul not because of Istanbul but because of humanity. Everyone is the same in the end.

— Orhan Pamuk

I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy.

— Frank Zappa

Without books no one can be a good teacher nor even a good student of this art.

— Fiore Dei Liberi

This was like watching murder. Defilement. And it was something worse than either of those things. Even among his family, black trade as they were, books were holy things.

— Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

For it was through books that she felt her life to be unjudged Look at all of the great mix-ups, messes, confinement, and double-dealings in Shakespeare, she thought.Identities disguised continually, in a combative dance of illusion and discovery.

— Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.

— Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer. He has made a contribution. People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen King’s books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books.

— Anne Rice

I was a lonely boy. I spent all my time reading books and watching the world. [some] tried to draw me out at first, but their hearts weren’t in it. And after all, they had enough troubles of their own.

— Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

… 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

I hate books they teach us only to talk about what we do not know.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For six months, then, Emma, at fifteen years of age, made her hands dirty with books from old lending libraries.

— Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

One could get a first-class education from a shelf of books five feet long.

— Charles William Eliot

A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Books required no interchanges of thoughts and feelings, no trading of expectations, no traffic of words, no menace of real loss. Reading books required far less energy than reading people; the pages seldom disappointed him and they never died.

— Dan Groat, Monarchs and Mendicants

Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort.

— Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Death in a Tenured Position

I was impressed for the ten thousandth time by the fact that literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Books are unconvertible assets, to be passed on only to those who possess them already.

— Anthony Powell, The Valley of Bones

I am the girl who spends hours huddled in a corner of a library, trying to find what you love the most about Marlowe, just so I can write you a poem worthy of Shakespeare. I’ve made books my lovers, hours my enemies and you the only story.

— Nikita Gill, Your Body is an Ocean: Love and Other Experiments

Most books are so well written they barely have any effect on the reader’s senses

— Steve Aylett, Toxicology

When you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation.

— Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

How could we love books more than money? This is the state of book lovers.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

We go to school to learn to work hard for money. I write books and create products that teach people how to have money work hard for them.

— Robert Kiyosaki

Films are my way of passing the time; books are my passion, my true love. But music is my refuge.

— Melanie Raabe, The Trap – FREE PREVIEW

She stretched beneath him, bare and aching, held captive by an entirely new form of magic, one she’d thought existed only in books and movies.

— Christine Warren, Heart of Stone

I hope people of the future will remember my books for being burned, and I challenge an elite few to imagine the embers of the last copy.

— Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

I’ve gotten books published. I’ve met famous people that are very nice. I look back and I say, ‘Wow. Thank you, God, for giving me this gift. And thank you for helping me to keep going.’

— Mattie Stepanek

I dusted my books off, placing each one—sorted alphabetically and by genre—on the shelves Dad installed. What some people might call “anal, ” I’d call efficient. What good was it to have a book if you couldn’t find it when you wanted it?

— Aileen Erin, Becoming Alpha

People will perish, but books are immortal. (Pompeii)

— Robert Harris

Don’t you ever mind, ” she asked suddenly, “not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?

— Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

The most important thing in human relationship is conversation.but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen.They go to theatre, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books but they almost never talk.(pg114)

— Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

A house without books must be sad. Even sadder a house of books without people.

— Manuel Rivas, Books Burn Badly

Many of the greatest books are like a forest. “The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.

— Anthony M. Esolen

There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.

— Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows

You are no greater than the friends you keep, the books you read, the heroes you admire, and the obstacles you overcome.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

And when I was young, did I ever tell you, I always wanted to get insidea book and never come out again? I loved reading so much I wantedto be a part of it, and there were some books I could have stayed infor ever.

— Peter Ackroyd, First Light

A lot of books in the self-help section of your bookstore really belong in the fiction section.

— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

It’s a bizarre act of self-mutilation to say that ‘I don’t get on with science fiction and fantasy, therefore I’m never going to read any’. What a shame. All those great books that you’re cutting yourself off from.

— David Mitchell

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

— Jane Austen, Persuasion

In any of my pages in any of my books may life a perfect account of my secret experience of the world.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

It’s amazing how, over the course of one’s life, you collect so much music you don’t like, so many movies you don’t watch and so many books you have no intention of reading. If only regret stopped with the trivial things such as these.

— Ellie Rose McKee

We are what we read — and the power of books to transform the minds and personalities of their readers can give cause for anxiety as well as for celebration.

— Richard Kieckhefer, Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century

There are treasures in books that all the money in the world cannot buy, but the poorest laborer can have for nothing.

— Robert G. Ingersoll

Reading is the royal road to intellectual eminence…Truly good books are more than mines to those who can understand them. They are the breathings of the great souls of past times. Genius is not embalmed in them, but lives in them perpetually.

— William Ellery Channing

When we buy books we’re fooling ourselves into thinking we buy the time to read them.

— Gerard VanDerleun

1484Hi Goodreads. My first day. I read all of the time but I must promote my own 2 books – Vulnerabilia and Legacy.VULNERABILIA

— James Dalton