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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 faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

It is a good thing to read books, and need not be a bad thing to write them, but in any case, it is a pious thing to collect them.
Frederick Locker-Lampson

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

Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people.
Cornelia Funke

To read too many books is harmful.
Mao Zedong

We turn down most books that have been self-published unless they have a special track record.
Richard Curtis

Books, the children of the brain.
Jonathan Swift

I've written books on advertising... cheque books.
Alan Sugar

Next in importance to books are their titles.
Frank Crane

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

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

Books of quotations are an elemental model of how culture is perpetuated, the wisdom of the trite passed on to posterity, to be added to, edited, and modified by subsequent generations.
Robert Andrews

Unlearned men of books assume the care,
As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair
Edward Young

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

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

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

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

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
Lily Tomlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you, life where things aren't.
Julian Barnes

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Galbraith

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

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

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

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



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