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The wise are above books.
Samuel Daniel

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Theodor Geisel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
B C Forbes

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

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

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

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
Amy Lowell

Read much, but not many books.
Gustav Flaubert

I feel a certain sense of responsibility, so I'm pretty vague when I get to sorcery. [On his books]
David Eddings

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

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

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

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

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

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

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.
Richard Wright

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

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

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

Americans like fat books and thin women.
Russell Baker

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

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

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

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Anatole France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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