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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Umberto Eco

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can look at my books with pleasure from a distance. Four feet is close enough.
Jim Bishop

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

Bookstores see a book by a woman and they put it in the romance section.
Barbara Taylor Bradford

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

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

The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
George Orwell

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

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

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

To read too many books is harmful.
Mao Zedong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 not men and yet they stay alive.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Books are a languid pleasure
Montaigne

Read much, but not many books.
Gustav Flaubert

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.
Spike Lee

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



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