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

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

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

There were two things Janey Little loved best in the world: music and books, and not necessarily in that order.
Charles De Lint

Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?
Thomas Traherne

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

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

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

The newest books are those that never grow old
Holbrook Jackson

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

Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over.
Lionel Trilling

Books, the children of the brain.
Jonathan Swift

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

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

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 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

Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Oswald Chambers

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

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate
Jesse Lee Bennett

I think they thought it was very arrogant of me to write the end of my seven books series when I didn't have a publisher and no-one had heard of me
J K Rowling

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

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

Let's tell young people the best books are yet to written: the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them [a nice and positive quote!]
John Erskine

Well, now that he's finished one building, he'll Le Corbusier go write four books about it.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
Lin Yutang

Doesn't anyone here think this sounds like a vision of hell? While we are all competing or dying, when will there be time for sex or music or books? Stop the world, I want to get off.
Howard Stringer

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

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

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

You do know I'm wanting to borrow books, not money or a key to a suite at the Cipriani?
Lucy Mangan

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

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

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

As life goes on, don't you find that all you need is about two real friends, a regular supply of books, and a Peke?
P G Wodehouse

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

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

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 are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Horace

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

Americans are paying for our lack of an energy policy with their jobs and out of their pocketbooks.
Bob Beauprez

If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all
Francois De Salignac Fenelon



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