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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

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

Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Oswald Chambers

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

To read too many books is harmful.
Mao Zedong

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 Arien Helvetius

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
J P Getty

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

If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.
Herman Melville

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

You importune me, Tucca, to present you with my books. I shall not do so; for you want to sell, not to read, them
Martial

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

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

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

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Gilbert Highet

The booger jokes. And my editor always takes out four letter words when I put then in the children's books. And the sex parts [on the difference between kids and adults books]
Meg Cabot

Borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Peter F Drucker

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.
Jim Bishop

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

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

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Norman Mailer

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

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

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Tryon Edwards

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

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

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

Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.
Isaac Disraeli

Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
Samuel Johnson

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

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau

A buck in the hand is worth two on the books.
David Farber

Who knows for what we live, struggle and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.
Alan Paton

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon

You can cover a great deal of country in books
Andrew Lang

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud

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

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

I went off and read the books after the audition and I read all four books in one sitting - you know - didn't wash, didn't eat, drove around with them on the steering wheel like a lunatic.
Jason Isaacs

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

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
Henry Ward Beecher

Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mists of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.
Margaret Thatcher

Some books stretch the imagination. This one mugs it. [On the novel Spares]
David Baddiel

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

As far as cookbooks go, I think Joy of Cooking is a classic. I've used it over and over again. Julia Child frustrates me. By the time you get all her herbs together, you're exhausted
Paul Lynde

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

The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Jackie Collins

We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.
Henry Fielding



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