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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

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

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 wise are above books.
Samuel Daniel

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

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

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

Next in importance to books are their titles.
Frank Crane

Although most products will soon be too costly to purchase, there will be a thriving market in the sale of books on how to fix them.
Norman Augustine

If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There's a million of those self-help books to tell you to just see it and believe it and it's going to happen. That's a great policy
James Blake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books are a languid pleasure
Montaigne

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Walt Whitman

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 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

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W H Auden

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

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

It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000.
William Faulkner

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
John Denham

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

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Amos Bronson Alcott

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

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

Books, the children of the brain.
Jonathan Swift

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

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



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