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If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come
Raymond Chandler

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
Horace Mann

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 gone ourselves.
E M Forster

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint
Mark Twain

Books are only the shadow and life the real thing. I believe this as strongly as any belief I hold.
Esther Forbes

University printing presses exist, and are subsidised by the Government for the purpose of producing books which no one can read; and they are true to their high calling.
Francis Cornford

Obviously there will be a sense of achievement... I suppose there will be some benefits to not writing Harry Potter books any more. So it is about fifty-fifty really
J K Rowling

Because they commonly make use of treasure found in books, as of other treasure belonging to the dead and hidden underground; for they dispose of both with great secrecy, defacing the shape and image of the one as much as of the other.
William Davenant

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.
Thomas Davidson

It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
William Faulkner

England did nothing in the World Cup, so why are the players bringing books out? 'We got beat in the quarter-finals, we played like sh*t, here's my book'. Who wants to read that? I don't. [To be fair he has an excellent point - it's not even like they need the cash on their salaries!]
Joey Barton

Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
Mike Tyson

It is with books as with women, where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than that glare of paint and airs and apparel which may dazzle the eye, but reaches not the affections
David Hume

Between the covers of the books that no-one had ever read again, in the old parchments damaged by dampness, a livid flower had prospered, and in the air that had been the purest and brightest in the house an unbearable smell of rotten memories floated.
Gabriel Marquez

Wherever books will be burned, men also, in the end, are burned. (Almansor)
Heinrich Heine

Why don't you write books people can read?
Nora Joyce

I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned
Christopher Marlowe

My father said, 'There are times to sit, or stand and be counted,'
When good people die, just laws are forsaken, banned books smolder,
There comes a time when our steed must be armored and mounted;
The balance of good and evil rests on our collective shoulders.
Jason Merchey

There was a time when the world acted upon books. Now books act upon the world
Joseph Joubert

The silent power of books is a great power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them which those alone can know who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they may yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations
Henry Giles

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance, but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
John Galbraith

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

Books think for me. I can read anything which I call a book
Charles Lamb

In the writing of books, as all the world knows, two things are above all other things essential - the one is to know exactly when and where to leave off, and the other to be equally certain when and where to begin.
Jeffrey Farnol

The wise are above books.
Samuel Daniel

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
W B Yeats

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution - such call I good books.
Helen Rowland

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
Samuel Butler

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
Gene Fowler

Hugh Grant and I both laugh and cringe at the same things, worship the same books, eat the same food, hate central heating and sleep with the window open. I thought these things were vital, but being two peas in a pod ended up not being enough.
Liz Hurley

When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
Hilaire Belloc

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
George Bernard Shaw

Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses.
Leigh Hunt

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 Burrough

If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to do it?
Bette Midler

My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, 'You are a thief.'
Martial

What literature can and should do is change the people who teach the people who don't read the books
A S Byatt

I have personally seen statements that were longer than some books I have read.
Wendell Ford

I take my books everywhere. Plane journeys are a good opportunity to study, or also when I'm having my hair done.
Lily Cole

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

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

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

I've really written my books for my husband and our family. They've brought us closer together by allowing us to discuss things that were unspoken for so long.
Pamela Stephenson

Books, like friends, should be few, and well chosen
Samuel Paterson

The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones
Joseph Joubert

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.
Richard Wright

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men
John Alfred Langford

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



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